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$69m revamped transport hub opens
26 Jul 2021   /

$69m revamped transport hub opens

Bus and rail services have recommenced at Puhinui Station in Papatoetoe after a $69m revamp.


Seatoun ferry wharf to close for a year
20 Jul 2021   /

Seatoun ferry wharf to close for a year

Seatoun Wharf in Wellington will close on 23 July or 12 months for repairs and upgrades.


Govt to invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail
9 Jul 2021   /

Govt to invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail

The government will invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail over three years as part of the Rail Network Investment Programme.


Auckland metro to shut for maintenance
3 Jun 2021  

Auckland metro to shut for maintenance

All four metro lines in Auckland’s rail system will close for Queen’s Birthday weekend for maintenance.


Full steam ahead for inaugural South Island tour
4 May 2021   /

Full steam ahead for inaugural South Island tour

Pounamu Tourism Group’s inaugural Great Southern Steam Train Tour has hit the tracks running exceeding forecasts of its economic impact with sell-out excursions.


KiwiRail chair Brian Corban passes
4 May 2021   /

KiwiRail chair Brian Corban passes

KiwiRail chair Brian Corban passed away on Saturday.


Fullers360 offers free travel for ANZAC Day service
21 Apr 2021  

Fullers360 offers free travel for ANZAC Day service

Fullers360 is offering free travel from Devonport to Auckland on its first 5am sailing to get passengers across for the ANZAC memorial service on Sunday 25 April.


Tourism service could revive Dunedin Railways – RMTU
12 Apr 2021  

Tourism service could revive Dunedin Railways – RMTU

Union calling on the city council to retain the Dunedin rail service on the national network.


KiwiRail cuts TranzAlpine, keeps Coastal Pacific over winter
26 Mar 2021   /

KiwiRail cuts TranzAlpine, keeps Coastal Pacific over winter

The SOE is forecasting a significant fall in annual tourist passenger numbers for FY21.


KiwiRail’s first ‘Rainbow Explorer’ opens for bookings
4 Mar 2021  

KiwiRail’s first ‘Rainbow Explorer’ opens for bookings

KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer has opened bookings for its first dedicated pride train service.


Tourist trains report biggest fall in revenue for KiwiRail
25 Feb 2021  

Tourist trains report biggest fall in revenue for KiwiRail

KiwiRail’s three scenic train services recorded a 65% fall in revenue, or $7.6m, for the six months ending December 2020.


Waikato – Auckland rail service launch date confirmed
11 Feb 2021  

Waikato – Auckland rail service launch date confirmed

There would be two return services on weekdays to get commuters to Papakura in time for the start of the workday.


Interislander summer passenger numbers fall 20%
5 Feb 2021   /

Interislander summer passenger numbers fall 20%

Interislander passenger numbers for December and January were about 20% down on the same period the previous year, says KiwiRail.


Passenger trains return to Britomart
19 Jan 2021   /

Passenger trains return to Britomart

Passenger trains started rolling again at Auckland’s Britomart Station on Monday after a three-week closure for a new scissor track crossing and some rail replacement.


Opposition prompts KiwiRail to upgrade current terminal
17 Dec 2020   /

Opposition prompts KiwiRail to upgrade current terminal

KiwiRail plans to build a new ferry terminal at its current Kaiwharawhara terminal within four years to support its new Interislander ferries.


Auckland metro network to shutdown over Christmas
16 Dec 2020  

Auckland metro network to shutdown over Christmas

Auckland’s metro rail network will shut down from Saturday 26 December to Sunday 10 January as KiwiRail undertakes repair work.


KiwiRail focuses on two-tier pricing after scenic rail revenue falls 28%
10 Dec 2020  

KiwiRail focuses on two-tier pricing after scenic rail revenue falls 28%

A main focus for KiwiRail’s for the coming year is to grow tourism by delivering enhanced tourism offerings.


Interislander, scenic train slump hits KiwiRail income 
30 Nov 2020  

Interislander, scenic train slump hits KiwiRail income 

Covid-19 impacts on KiwiRail’s Interislander and scenic trains saw its operating surplus fall to $40m for the year to June 2020, down 27% on the previous year.


One-off Te Huia rail charter proposed
2 Nov 2020  

One-off Te Huia rail charter proposed

A weekend charter service using Te Huia rail carriages will operate in January, providing a one-off experience for visitors to the Waikato and Auckland regions.


Fullers360 launches ‘summer ready’ services
22 Oct 2020  

Fullers360 launches ‘summer ready’ services

Fullers360 is launching a set of new products and services, specifically tailored to the local domestic market.


Christchurch Tramway celebrates 25 years
22 Oct 2020  

Christchurch Tramway celebrates 25 years

Christchurch Tramway is celebrating 25 years in operation.


Performing musicians to travel free on ferry
19 Oct 2020   /

Performing musicians to travel free on ferry

KiwiRail’s Kaitaki Interislander ferry will resume its ‘Bands on Board’ initiative for travelling musicians over summer.


Fullers360 boosts Waiheke services
14 Oct 2020  

Fullers360 boosts Waiheke services

Fullers360 will add an additional 86 services to and from Waiheke Island from Monday 19 October.


Fullers360 adds sailings to ease Auckland congestion
25 Sep 2020  

Fullers360 adds sailings to ease Auckland congestion

Fullers360 has brought back 30-minute off-peak sailings on its Devonport route in a bid to help ease travel challenges caused by the damage to Auckland’s Harbour Bridge.


KiwiRail more than doubles fares with new upmarket ‘Scenic Plus’
24 Sep 2020  

KiwiRail more than doubles fares with new upmarket ‘Scenic Plus’

KiwiRail has gone upmarket and more than doubled fares for its “Scenic Plus” option that offers regional delicacies and local commentary.


KiwiRail’s scenic services to restart
4 Sep 2020   /

KiwiRail’s scenic services to restart

KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific trains will resume service from late Spring.


Repairs to slow trains – KiwiRail
17 Aug 2020  

Repairs to slow trains – KiwiRail

Auckland’s commuter trains will operate at slower speeds asd KiwiRail carries out repairs on worn tracks.


Fulllers skipper on cellphone when buoy struck
10 Aug 2020   /

Fulllers skipper on cellphone when buoy struck

The skipper of Auckland-based Fullers Group ferry, Torea, has been fined $2500 for colliding with a lit navigation buoy in the Waitematā Harbour.


Downer wins contract for new Auckland rail line
10 Aug 2020   /

Downer wins contract for new Auckland rail line

Downer NZ has been awarded the contract for the Third Main project, in Auckland, delivering an additional main rail line into Auckland.


KiwiRail loses $56m of luxury funding as Govt redirects cash
5 Aug 2020   /

KiwiRail loses $56m of luxury funding as Govt redirects cash

The 70% funding cut raises questions over plans for premium services on the operator’s tourist trains.


Dunedin Railways: “All options on the table” for rail assets
31 Jul 2020  

Dunedin Railways: “All options on the table” for rail assets

Dunedin Railways Limited is calling for proposals to identify and evaluate options for using the Taieri Gorge railway line.


KiwiRail’s tourism trains back on track for summer
30 Jul 2020   /

KiwiRail’s tourism trains back on track for summer

KiwiRail’s long distance scenic services will be back this summer after closing during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Govt clawing back $80m luxury train funding – KiwiRail CEO
24 Jul 2020   /

Govt clawing back $80m luxury train funding – KiwiRail CEO

CEO Greg Miller says plans for luxury services on its tourism trains have had to be revised.


KiwiRail secures $13m to improve TranzAlpine resilience
9 Jul 2020  

KiwiRail secures $13m to improve TranzAlpine resilience

KiwiRail has received a further $13m of government funding for improving the resilience of its iconic TranzAlpine tourist train route.


Govt injects $28m into Northland tourism, regeneration
6 Jul 2020   /

Govt injects $28m into Northland tourism, regeneration

The money is going to projects in Whangarei and the Bay of Islands, including Kawakawa’s vintage railway.


STAPP support for Dunedin Railways sought
2 Jul 2020   /

STAPP support for Dunedin Railways sought

Dunedin City Holdings has applied to the Government’s Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme for assets including the Taieri Gorge line.


New train tour to pump $1m+ into regional tourism – PTG
26 Jun 2020  

New train tour to pump $1m+ into regional tourism – PTG

Pounamu Tourism Group shareholders have funded the new product, which plans to launch in April 2021.


Govt withdraws from Auckland Light Rail project
25 Jun 2020   /

Govt withdraws from Auckland Light Rail project

The Government has withdrawn from its twin track Auckland Light Rail project and referred it to the Ministry of Transport for further work.


Future of Picton in spotlight with new study
24 Jun 2020   /

Future of Picton in spotlight with new study

Marlborough District Council will undertake a new redevelopment study on the future of Waitohi/Picton.


TranzAlpine back but Dunedin rail retreat criticised
23 Jun 2020  

TranzAlpine back but Dunedin rail retreat criticised

KiwiRail has restarted the Christchurch-Greymouth TranzAlpine service from 4 July but is closing some Dunedin services.


KiwiRail: TranzAlpine to return in time for holidays
22 Jun 2020  

KiwiRail: TranzAlpine to return in time for holidays

KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine between Christchurch and Greymouth will return to service on 4 July.


Proposed luxury Antipodean Explorer train now “on hold”
10 Jun 2020  

Proposed luxury Antipodean Explorer train now “on hold”

A proposed luxury train journey called Antipodean Explorer is officially “on hold” according to director Richard Aitken.


Hole in the Rock cruises resume for long weekend
29 May 2020   /

Hole in the Rock cruises resume for long weekend

Fullers GreatSights will restart its Hole in the Rock cruises in the Bay of Islands this long weekend.


Rangitoto scenic service to restart
29 May 2020  

Rangitoto scenic service to restart

Fullers360 is resuming its Auckland-to-Rangitoto service in time for Queen’s Birthday weekend.


KiwiRail’s new ferries will have triple capacity of current vessels
28 May 2020   /

KiwiRail’s new ferries will have triple capacity of current vessels

KiwiRail’s proposed new ferries will be able to carry almost 2000 passengers.


Black Cat retains Diamond Harbour ferry contract
22 May 2020  

Black Cat retains Diamond Harbour ferry contract

Lyttelton-based Black Cat Cruises has been awarded the contract for the Diamond Harbour ferry service for the next 12 years.


KiwiRail starts track maintenance programme
23 Apr 2020   /

KiwiRail starts track maintenance programme

A significant track maintenance programme is underway on Auckland’s Eastern train line, says KiwiRail. 


Job losses hit Dunedin rail, venues operations
21 Apr 2020   /

Job losses hit Dunedin rail, venues operations

Almost 70 roles are to go as the city grapples with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Kawau Cruises to run essential ferry services
20 Apr 2020   /

Kawau Cruises to run essential ferry services

A passenger ferry service between Kawau Island and Auckland’s mainland will continue so residents can replenish supplies and access essential services.


Interislander ferries move hundreds of essential workers
17 Apr 2020   /

Interislander ferries move hundreds of essential workers

KiwiRail’s Interislander ferries have moved around 650 essential transport, medical and export industry workers between the North and South Islands in the past fortnight.