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East By West calls out wharf jumpers
25 Nov 2022   /

East By West calls out wharf jumpers

Easy By West Ferries and Hutt City Council have raised concerns over young people jumping into the direct line of ferries on the northern side of Days Bay wharf near Wellington.


KiwiRail sets holiday shutdown period for Auckland
23 Nov 2022  

KiwiRail sets holiday shutdown period for Auckland

KiwiRail’s network-wide rail holiday shutdown in Auckland will take place from 26 December until 15 January to allow workers to conduct network maintenance.


Northern Explorer’s Taumarunui stop ripe for operator opportunities
17 Nov 2022   /

Northern Explorer’s Taumarunui stop ripe for operator opportunities

Central North Island operators in the Ruapehu region and Taumarunui are set to benefit from the scenic train’s visits.


StraitNZ donates $10k to school camp fund
14 Nov 2022  

StraitNZ donates $10k to school camp fund

StraitNZ Bluebridge has donated $10,000 to a fund to support Marlborough school camps at Mistletoe Bay as part of the Port Marlborough Sounds Discovery Fund.


Entrada expands in Aus with 20-year ferry contract
9 Nov 2022   /

Entrada expands in Aus with 20-year ferry contract

Entrada Travel Group has secured a twenty-year contract to operate the Noosa North Shore Vehicle Ferry, on behalf of the Noosa Council in Queensland, Australia.


NZ Tourism Awards: East by West’s electrifying endeavours
8 Nov 2022   /

NZ Tourism Awards: East by West’s electrifying endeavours

In a series of profiles leading up to Thursday’s event, the Ticker talks to East by West, a finalist in the Environment Award.


KiwiRail’s tourist trains suffer Covid low of $3.5m revenue
26 Oct 2022  

KiwiRail’s tourist trains suffer Covid low of $3.5m revenue

KiwiRail will be hoping for a strong rebound in its tourist trains business after revenue fell to $3.5m for the year to June 2022 – the lowest recorded during the pandemic .


Fullers360 partnership donates 90% of leftover food
26 Oct 2022   /

Fullers360 partnership donates 90% of leftover food

The leftover food from the ferry operator’s onboard cafés will go to people in need around Auckland.


Bee Card rolled out on Queenstown ferries
26 Oct 2022   /

Bee Card rolled out on Queenstown ferries

Queenstown public transport users will now be able to use their Bee Card to travel on ferry services from today.


KiwiRail to pay $275k over Kaitaki ferry injury
19 Oct 2022   /

KiwiRail to pay $275k over Kaitaki ferry injury

KiwiRail and Higgins Towing Services have been sentenced and fined in the Wellington District Court for failing to provide a safe working environment.


East by West wins sustainable tourism award for e-ferry
18 Oct 2022   /

East by West wins sustainable tourism award for e-ferry

East by West Ferries has received the 2022 Skål Sustainable Tourism Award for its Ika Rere (Flying Fish), the first fully electric, zero-emission fast passenger ferry in the Southern Hemisphere.


KiwiRail to stay SOE – govt
7 Oct 2022  

KiwiRail to stay SOE – govt

KiwiRail will remain a state-owned enterprise to focus on transitioning its above-rail business to be financially self-sufficient, says the government.


Scenic services, Interislander hurt by pandemic – KiwiRail
3 Oct 2022  

Scenic services, Interislander hurt by pandemic – KiwiRail

KiwiRail has reported a surplus of $133.9m for the year to 30 June 2022 in what it called a difficult operating environment.


Preferred bidders picked for Auckland Light Rail
28 Sep 2022  

Preferred bidders picked for Auckland Light Rail

Auckland Light Rail and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have named preferred bidders for Auckland Light Rail and the additional Waitematā Harbour connections.


KiwiRail improves Interislander rail safety after worker hurt
23 Sep 2022   /

KiwiRail improves Interislander rail safety after worker hurt

KiwiRail has undertaken safety reviews and made improvements to its shunting and coupling processes for transferring rail wagons to ferries, following a Transport Accident Investigation Commission inquiry.


KiwiRail to get major train control upgrade
15 Sep 2022  

KiwiRail to get major train control upgrade

KiwiRail is getting a new system that will enable its train control team to manage the rail network simultaneously from Auckland and Wellington.


Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport
14 Sep 2022   /

Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport

Masks are no longer required on Metlink’s bus, rail, ferry, and total mobility services, but remain strongly recommended on public transport.


Interislander adds Valentine freighter to fleet
13 Sep 2022   /

Interislander adds Valentine freighter to fleet

Interislander has reportedly paid €5.2m (NZ$8.6m) for the purchase of the Valentine freighter ferry to ensure capacity for customers as it prepares for the pre-Christmas demand.


Damaged Interislander ferry back for sea trials
12 Sep 2022   /

Damaged Interislander ferry back for sea trials

The Interislander’s Kaiarahi ferry is back on the water for sea trials after a major gearbox failure took it out of service in August 2021.


Auckland’s first electric ferry could be ready by 2024
9 Sep 2022   /

Auckland’s first electric ferry could be ready by 2024

At 24 metres long, the fleet will largest fully electric ferries in the Southern Hemisphere.


KiwiRail launches short break, multi-day package tours
2 Sep 2022   /

KiwiRail launches short break, multi-day package tours

The new tours range from six to 17 days with the longest stretching from Auckland to Queenstown.


Bluebridge owner reports revenue, profit jump
31 Aug 2022   /

Bluebridge owner reports revenue, profit jump

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries owner StraitNZ Holdings has reported a net profit of $17.15m for the year to March 2022, up 64% from the previous period.


Cheaper Waiheke ferry fares to take effect
30 Aug 2022   /

Cheaper Waiheke ferry fares to take effect

Visitors and residents on Waiheke Island will benefit from cheaper ferry fares as the AT HOP Monthly Pass comes into effect from 1 September.


Feedback sought on future of inter-regional passenger rail
15 Aug 2022  

Feedback sought on future of inter-regional passenger rail

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee is seeking public feedback on the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand.


Interislander celebrates 60 years, 43 million passengers
12 Aug 2022   /

Interislander celebrates 60 years, 43 million passengers

The Interislander is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week and marking more than 43 million passenger trips since its first sailing from Wellington to Picton on 13 August 1962.


Fullers360 rolls out HOP system for ferries
9 Aug 2022   /

Fullers360 rolls out HOP system for ferries

Auckland ferry services to Devonport and Waiheke Island are now using Auckland Transport’s AT HOP Card following their successful integration into the public transport network.


Rail safety a priority as visitors return
8 Aug 2022  

Rail safety a priority as visitors return

KiwiRail has partnered with TrackSAFE to raise awareness and encourage responsible behaviour around crossings during Rail Safety Week.


Fullers360: Staff shortages leading to service disruption
1 Aug 2022  

Fullers360: Staff shortages leading to service disruption

Staff shortages have caused Fullers360 to cancel or delay a number of its services at short notice and the company is warning customers to expect disruption.


Picton ferry terminal rebuild to start early 2023
25 Jul 2022   /

Picton ferry terminal rebuild to start early 2023

An upcoming project to rebuild the Picton ferry terminal has been celebrated with a public information day, held on Saturday.


Fullers360 secures greener future through AT deal
18 Jul 2022   /

Fullers360 secures greener future through AT deal

Fullers360’s Auckland business has been secured through a deal with Auckland Transport – and the future of ferry transport is green, says its chief executive.


Fullers360 puts prices up starting 1 July
30 Jun 2022  

Fullers360 puts prices up starting 1 July

Commuter and scenic ferry operator Fullers360 is increasing fares across its Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, Rotoroa Island and Coromandel services.


Hamilton plan hopes to revive city centre station
13 Jun 2022   /

Hamilton plan hopes to revive city centre station

Tainui Group Holdings and joint venture partner Kiwi Property have announced plans to redevelop Hamilton’s Centre Place and bring a mothballed underground railway station back to life.


KiwiRail completes first electric locomotive refurb
9 Jun 2022   /

KiwiRail completes first electric locomotive refurb

KiwiRail’s first refurbished electric EF class locomotive has been completed as part of a progressive fleet refurbishment and return to service over the next two years.


Auckland to invest in up to 7 electric, low-emission ferries
2 Jun 2022   /

Auckland to invest in up to 7 electric, low-emission ferries

Auckland Council will invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” into six or seven new electric and low-emissions ferries as part of climate action proposal within Annual Budget 2022/23.


New head of sales for KiwiRail’s Great Journeys of NZ
30 May 2022   /

New head of sales for KiwiRail’s Great Journeys of NZ

Sebastien Delteil starts today as KiwiRail’s new head of sales at The Great Journeys of New Zealand.


Te reo inspires Auckland train station names
23 May 2022  

Te reo inspires Auckland train station names

KiwiRail and Auckland Transport have named the three new stations to be built along the South Auckland rail network between Papakura and Pukekohe.


Auckland, Northland transport projects hit milestones
16 May 2022   /

Auckland, Northland transport projects hit milestones

The tender process has begun for two major Auckland projects: Auckland Light Rail and the Additional Waitematā Harbour Connections.


Guidance system to aid Marlborough Sounds navigation
13 May 2022   /

Guidance system to aid Marlborough Sounds navigation

Work is underway to provide real-time guidance on channel conditions through the Kura te Au/Tory Channel that links the North and South Islands.


KiwiRail goes back to the future with Reidy’s return as CEO
2 May 2022   /

KiwiRail goes back to the future with Reidy’s return as CEO

Peter Reidy returns to the rail and ferry operator as chief executive, four years after leaving the role.


KiwiRail to restart scenic services, pauses Auckland trains over Easter
13 Apr 2022  

KiwiRail to restart scenic services, pauses Auckland trains over Easter

KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer will resume services on 25 September and its Coastal Pacific will restart on 29 September.


Explore Group expands in Hauraki Gulf, takes over Fullers360 island service
4 Apr 2022   /

Explore Group expands in Hauraki Gulf, takes over Fullers360 island service

The addition follows the launch of its Tikapa Moana Whale & Dolphin Wildlife Cruise and Explore Motutapu products.


GVR full steam ahead for autumn voyages
22 Mar 2022   /

GVR full steam ahead for autumn voyages

Glenbrook Vintage Railway will bring the second of its seven steam locomotives back online in the next month.


Fullers360 reduces ferry services due to staff shortages
14 Mar 2022  

Fullers360 reduces ferry services due to staff shortages

Fullers360 has made temporary changes to its Devonnport, Bayswater and Birkenhead ferry timetables due to staff shortages caused by Covid-19.


KiwiRail: Goodbye oldest locomotive, hello electric engine
11 Mar 2022   /

KiwiRail: Goodbye oldest locomotive, hello electric engine

KiwiRail is holding an event to mark the retirement of its oldest locomotive – the 85-year-old small shunt engine TR56 – and to introduce its replacement – a fully electric, zero-emissions shunt.


$110m loan for ferry precinct redevelopment approved
8 Mar 2022   /

$110m loan for ferry precinct redevelopment approved

Marlborough District Council has approved a $110m loan to Port Marlborough to finance its share of the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment.


Interislander resumes after Covid cancels crossings
7 Mar 2022   /

Interislander resumes after Covid cancels crossings

Covid-19 among crew forced ferry services to be cancelled.


KiwiRail’s tourist trains suffer 70% interim hit due to Covid
3 Mar 2022  

KiwiRail’s tourist trains suffer 70% interim hit due to Covid

The pandemic continues to take a toll with two out of three Scenic services in hibernation.


Wellington rail services resume after protest eviction
3 Mar 2022  

Wellington rail services resume after protest eviction

Wellington Railway Station has reopened today and rail services resumed after being suspended last night in response to the escalated protest action around Parliament.


KiwiRail urged to restore long distance services
17 Feb 2022  

KiwiRail urged to restore long distance services

KiwiRail’s decision to include a daily Auckland-Wellington service in an upcoming market research survey has been welcomed by the Save The Trains campaign.


KiwiRail workers approve pay deal
15 Feb 2022   /

KiwiRail workers approve pay deal

A new pay deal that increases hourly pay rates and allowances for workers at KiwiRail has been approved.