Nearly 300 men and women caught the Tui Love Train from Dunedin to participate in the annual Middlemarch Singles Ball.
The event was held in a marquee in a paddock inEast Otago and was titled "A Wartime Romance".
The Dunedin station was abuzz with singles dressed in ball gowns and wartime costumes, all set to mingle at Middlemarch.
"It was hilarious two years ago. I met loads of people, but no one I stayed in contact with,"Stuff.co.nz quoted participant, Allison Wassell as saying.
"Everyone is here to have a good time," Grant Kennedy from Drummond in Southland excitedly added.