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Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries strikes gold
17 May 2018  

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries strikes gold

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries has been recognised for its outstanding business practices, earning the country’s highest accolade for tourism operators, a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award rating from Qualmark.


Interislanders to rotate into maintenance
11 May 2018  

Interislanders to rotate into maintenance

KiwiRail’s Interislander ferry Kaiarahi heads across to Nelson at the end of this week, marking the start of an annual maintenance and inspection programme for all three ferries.


KiwiRail: Record season for tourism services
8 May 2018  

KiwiRail: Record season for tourism services

KiwiRail is celebrating a record tourism season fuelled by growing visitor numbers to New Zealand and a global rail renaissance.


Auckland city to airport link part of $1.8bn light rail plan
27 Apr 2018  

Auckland city to airport link part of $1.8bn light rail plan

Auckland’s transport plan has allocated $1.8bn towards funding two light rail corridors including an airport to city route.


Striking new rail station designs revealed
5 Mar 2018  

Striking new rail station designs revealed

City Rail Link has revealed striking new concept plans for the rail stations it plans to build or refurbish as part of its Auckland network.


The Antipodean Explorer: How a tourism outsider is launching a luxury, length-of-NZ train service
5 Dec 2017   /

The Antipodean Explorer: How a tourism outsider is launching a luxury, length-of-NZ train service

When Amanda Johnston went to see Chinese developer Fu Wah to seek investment for her luxury, length-of-New Zealand train venture, it was the very first meeting of what she thought would be a long day of door-knocking in China.


Fu Wah: Luxury train a vehicle to invest in NZ tourism
5 Dec 2017   /

Fu Wah: Luxury train a vehicle to invest in NZ tourism

Chinese developer Fu Wah International says its investment in the proposed length-of-New Zealand luxury train service is a strategic move to push into the regions and invest in the country’s booming tourism sector.


Bluebridge appoints new ferries sales manager
16 Nov 2017  

Bluebridge appoints new ferries sales manager

Tourism and sales specialist Adam Taylor-Eruera has been appointed as Bluebridge Sales Manager for New Zealand and International.


Earthquake commemoration a time for reflection
15 Nov 2017   /

Earthquake commemoration a time for reflection

A year on it is pleasing to see progress made, delivering some respite for residents and truck drivers.


Video: Thirty years of KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine celebrated
2 Nov 2017   /

Video: Thirty years of KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine celebrated

One of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences, KiwiRail’s iconic TranzAlpine train journey, has marked 30 years of operation with celebrations in Christchurch and Greymouth.


Ferry terminal seawall repair underway
8 Oct 2017  

Ferry terminal seawall repair underway

Ferry passengers can expect some changes to arrival and departure points at the Downtown Ferry Terminal from Monday 9 October.


KiwiRail wins supreme Excellence in Business Support Award
6 Oct 2017  

KiwiRail wins supreme Excellence in Business Support Award

KiwiRail’s resilience and ability to adapt to disruption saw it take home the supreme award at the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards on Wednesday night.


Tourism, conferences help fill Dunedin city coffers
27 Sep 2017   / / /

Tourism, conferences help fill Dunedin city coffers

Dunedin Venues Management, Taieri Gorge Railway and Dunedin Airport have helped boost Dunedin Council coffers.


NZSF: New ferry terminals needed to enhance tourist experience
14 Sep 2017  

NZSF: New ferry terminals needed to enhance tourist experience

Now is the time to build new ferry terminals to help enhance the experience for tourists, says the New Zealand Shipping Federation.


Sculpture honours work on Picton-Christchurch line
13 Sep 2017  

Sculpture honours work on Picton-Christchurch line

A sculpture commissioned by KiwiRail to recognise the immense impact of the Kaikoura Earthquake on the rail link between Picton and Christchurch and on the wider community will be unveiled on Friday as freight services resume on the line.


KiwiRail: Quick rebound for tourism following quake
28 Aug 2017  

KiwiRail: Quick rebound for tourism following quake

KiwiRail’s tourism business is expected to bounce back quickly following Kaikoura’s devastating earthquake last year, which has seen the state-owned business report a  $52m operating surplus for the year to MORE »


Final link welded in Main North Line rebuild
9 Aug 2017  

Final link welded in Main North Line rebuild

KiwiRail has linked up the track between Picton and Christchurch for the first time since November’s Kaikoura earthquake devastated the line.


Connexionz expands in US
9 Aug 2017  

Connexionz expands in US

Connexionz, a leading provider of intelligent transit solutions for ferry and bus operators, has opened a US office in California.


Labour: Airport light rail within 10 years
7 Aug 2017  

Labour: Airport light rail within 10 years

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern has pledged light rail from downtown Auckland to the city’s airport within a decade if it wins the general election in September.


Taieri Gorge Railway affected by recent rain event
26 Jul 2017  

Taieri Gorge Railway affected by recent rain event

Due to damage caused by the recent rain event in the South Island, The Taieri Gorge Railway, operated by Dunedin Railways will not be operating its scheduled excursions over the next ten days.


New CEO and tourism strategy for Fullers
25 Jul 2017  

New CEO and tourism strategy for Fullers

Mike Horne has been appointed chief executive of Fullers Group signalling a shift in strategy for the cruise, ferry and coach operator.


Q&A with KiwiRail CEO Peter Reidy
17 Jul 2017  

Q&A with KiwiRail CEO Peter Reidy

As KiwiRail undergoes a government review of its business, the Ticker catches up with chief executive Peter Reidy to talk tourism and the prospects for the rail company’s $100m tourism-focused business.


Cook Strait ferries cancelled
13 Jul 2017  

Cook Strait ferries cancelled

Sailings of the Interislander and Bluebridge ferries have been cancelled due to the deterioration of weather in Cook Strait.


Interislander ferry sailings cancelled
11 Jul 2017  

Interislander ferry sailings cancelled

Sailings of the Interislander ferries have been cancelled from Wednesday night because of predicted severe weather in Cook Strait, with up to 7-metre-high waves forecast through till Friday morning.


BUDGET 2017: $548m for rail around New Zealand
26 May 2017  

BUDGET 2017: $548m for rail around New Zealand

Budget 2017 will invest $548 million of new capital funding to maintain and upgrade New Zealand’s rail network, supporting freight movement, exporters, tourism and public transport.


Tourism spurs KiwiRail’s $72m purchase of Interislander ferry
18 May 2017  

Tourism spurs KiwiRail’s $72m purchase of Interislander ferry

Securing passenger flow between the North and South islands has prompted KiwiRail to spend €45m (NZ$72m) to buy the Kaitaki Interislander ferry.


KiwiRail appoints three board members
18 May 2017  

KiwiRail appoints three board members

KiwiRail has announced three new appointments to its Board.


Dunedin Railways debuts new tour
4 May 2017  

Dunedin Railways debuts new tour

A new chapter in Rail Touring begins today with Dunedin Railways first trip out of Christchurch heading south.


Waikato Explorer answers calls for park & ride ferry service
7 Apr 2017  

Waikato Explorer answers calls for park & ride ferry service

Hamilton’s iconic River Cruise service, the Waikato River Explorer, has kicked off from its new launch space at Day’s Park.


KiwiRail tourism services booming despite $9m Kaikoura hit
27 Feb 2017  

KiwiRail tourism services booming despite $9m Kaikoura hit

KiwiRail took a $9m hit in revenue due to the Kaikoura earthquake however tourism services on its Interislander ferry service was booming.


Taieri Gorge Railway chief retires after 24 years service
23 Feb 2017  

Taieri Gorge Railway chief retires after 24 years service

Murray Bond is retiring from the role of CEO at Taieri Gorge Railway Limited (now trading as Dunedin Railways) on the 6th of October 2017.


Iconic Kingston Flyer sells to investors for $2m
23 Feb 2017  

Iconic Kingston Flyer sells to investors for $2m

The iconic Kingston Flyer has been sold to a consortium of Queenstown investors for $2m.


InterCity launches coast-to-coast bus service
9 Feb 2017  

InterCity launches coast-to-coast bus service

New Zealand’s largest long distance transport provider InterCity will operate bus services between Christchurch and Greymouth while the TranzAlpine scenic railway is out of action.


TranzAlpine services to West Coast resume
25 Jan 2017  

TranzAlpine services to West Coast resume

KiwiRail has cleared the slips on the Midland Line and will begin running services, including the internationally acclaimed TranzAlpine train.


KiwiRail launches truncated TranzAlpine service
23 Jan 2017  

KiwiRail launches truncated TranzAlpine service

KiwiRail is offering day trips from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on its popular TranzAlpine service after Wednesday’s weather bomb cut road and rail links.


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