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Snow cleared from southern passes
6 Oct 2022   /

Snow cleared from southern passes

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency says it has been able to reopen most Southland and Otago highways after clearing snow.


SH6 between Blenheim and Nelson to reopen
31 Aug 2022   /

SH6 between Blenheim and Nelson to reopen

The final closed section of State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson is expected to open at 1pm today, with temporary measures in place including speed restrictions and traffic controls.


Challenging conditions continue as snow closes roads – NZTA
8 Aug 2022   /

Challenging conditions continue as snow closes roads – NZTA

Challenging driving conditions could continue all this week across the South Island, warns Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


Lower speed limits between Christchurch, Akaroa
2 Aug 2022   /

Lower speed limits between Christchurch, Akaroa

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will drop the speed limit on State Highway 73 and 75 between Christchurch and Akaroa in early September.


Avalanche risk closes section of Milford Road
18 Jul 2022   /

Avalanche risk closes section of Milford Road

The closure begins at Hollyford Road and will remain in place all day Monday 18 July.


Marlborough road restoration progress
18 Jul 2022   /

Marlborough road restoration progress

Significant progress” is being made on restoring 460km of Marlborough’s road network following floods that affected the region last year.


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.


Budget 2022: $661m for rail
20 May 2022   /

Budget 2022: $661m for rail

Budget 2022 has allocated $661.5m for rail, including $312.3m to restore the national rail network and $349.2m to continue KiwiRail’s fleet modernisation.


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.


Marlborough Sounds access road opens to public
10 Mar 2022  

Marlborough Sounds access road opens to public

Access to Kenepuru Road between the Water Tank slip and Sandy Bay in the Marlborough Sounds will open to restricted public access from Friday 11 March.


Cable Car celebrates 120 years of ups and downs
22 Feb 2022   /

Cable Car celebrates 120 years of ups and downs

Wellington’s iconic Cable Car is celebrating its 120 years today with a limited-edition chocolate bar and 120 hidden golden tickets offering a free ride.


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.


New $160m airport road system ready for domestic travellers
29 Nov 2021  

New $160m airport road system ready for domestic travellers

Domestic passengers flying into Auckland Airport from 15 December will be able to use a $160m new road system.


KiwiRail CEO Greg Miller quits
24 Nov 2021   /

KiwiRail CEO Greg Miller quits

KiwiRail says the resignation was in response to reports about his leadership style – allegations Miller denies.


Possible KiwiRail strike may disrupt tourism services
16 Nov 2021   /

Possible KiwiRail strike may disrupt tourism services

The operator’s scenic rail and Interislander services could be affected in the run-up to summer.


Auckland Airport mass transit improvements near opening
21 Oct 2021   /

Auckland Airport mass transit improvements near opening

As part of the larger project to upgrade State Highway 20B near Auckland Airport, mass transit bus lanes will shortly be completed at the George Bolt entrance to the facility, increasing the speed and frequency of access possible.


RAL, BCA back coroner’s fatal bus crash findings
14 Oct 2021   /

RAL, BCA back coroner’s fatal bus crash findings

The coroner’s report into the 2018 crash that killed 11-year-old Hannah Francis may prompt stricter safety standards.


Decarbonising aviation, biofuels, maritime plan – govt seeks emissions feedback
13 Oct 2021  

Decarbonising aviation, biofuels, maritime plan – govt seeks emissions feedback

And it says it will help set up an industry-led group to advise on cutting aviation emissions.


Police checking ski passenger services during holidays
7 Oct 2021  

Police checking ski passenger services during holidays

Police will be checking that vehicles, including those used for passenger services, are operating safely around ski fields across the country during the October school holidays.


KiwiRail scenic rail revenue falls by 34%, smoother sailing for Interislander
6 Oct 2021  

KiwiRail scenic rail revenue falls by 34%, smoother sailing for Interislander

Scenic train services are reduced to the bare minimum to soften the financial impact from the reduction in tourists.


KiwiRail targets tourism revenue of $86m for FY22
16 Sep 2021  

KiwiRail targets tourism revenue of $86m for FY22

But it doesn’t expect to get near its pre-Covid tourism revenue until FY24.


Milford road re-opens with avalanche risk warning
14 Sep 2021   /

Milford road re-opens with avalanche risk warning

The road between Te Anau and Milford Sound/Piopiotahi is closed due to ongoing high avalanche risk.


Weak tourism offset by strong freight in FY21 – KiwiRail
1 Sep 2021  

Weak tourism offset by strong freight in FY21 – KiwiRail

Revenue fell at all of the SOE’s scenic train services in a “difficult environment for tourism operators,” says CEO Greg Miller.


Unions push for methanol Cook Strait ferries
30 Aug 2021   /

Unions push for methanol Cook Strait ferries

Transport unions are asking whether the fuel type for the new inter-island ferries can be switched to a more environmentally-friendly option.


KiwiRail, ports seek single design partner for new ferry terminals
26 Aug 2021   /

KiwiRail, ports seek single design partner for new ferry terminals

KiwiRail, CentrePort and Port Marlborough are seeking a single design partner for the delivery of two new ferry terminals.


Tourism newbie launches sell out tours to help mental health
17 Aug 2021   /

Tourism newbie launches sell out tours to help mental health

A retired pesticide business owner in Taumarunui has seen success with a new rail tour venture launched in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Speed reduced on major tourist route
3 Aug 2021   /

Speed reduced on major tourist route

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has issued permanent reduced speed limits across a 19km stretch from the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound.


Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism
20 Jul 2021   /

Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism

A slew of new products has set up the railway for growth, with local businesses on board for the economic ride.


Kingston Flyer gets green light for public trips
16 Jul 2021   /

Kingston Flyer gets green light for public trips

Historic steam train can now operate commercially on the 14km Kingston to Fairlight railway.


Transport key focus in final climate change report
10 Jun 2021   /

Transport key focus in final climate change report

An innovative role for Māori tourism is floated to help the country transition to net zero emissions by 2050.


KiwiRail to start work on $85m Hillside investment
26 May 2021  

KiwiRail to start work on $85m Hillside investment

Nearly 300 jobs created as new site expected to be operational by late 2023.


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.


Heavy traffic expected for Waitangi Day weekend
5 Feb 2021  

Heavy traffic expected for Waitangi Day weekend

Drivers leaving Auckland on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and returning Monday were likely to face heavy traffic volumes.


Cultural artworks line SH1 in Kaikōura
11 Dec 2020   /

Cultural artworks line SH1 in Kaikōura

The cultural artworks along SH1 and the railway line on the Kaikōura coastline have been completed. 


Gorge to be made safer for cyclists, walkers
9 Dec 2020  

Gorge to be made safer for cyclists, walkers

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will start rockfall mitigation work at the Ngauranga Gorge to make the road safer for motorists, cyclists and walkers.


Central Otago Touring Route officially opens
27 Nov 2020   /

Central Otago Touring Route officially opens

The route spanned 341km from Otepoti/Dunedin to the foot of the Southern Alps at Queenstown.


Dunedin Railways back for summer service
23 Nov 2020  

Dunedin Railways back for summer service

The company’s locomotives and carriages would be brought out of hibernation temporarily to provide the service,


NZTA funds $2m repair of Lower Hollyford Road
10 Nov 2020   /

NZTA funds $2m repair of Lower Hollyford Road

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will fund the $2m repair of the last 3km of Lower Hollyford Road in Fiordland.


NZTA warns travellers to plan ahead for Labour Weekend
23 Oct 2020   /

NZTA warns travellers to plan ahead for Labour Weekend

Travel might be more spread out across the country with holiday makers taking the opportunity to have a longer break and exploring different regions to normal.


Work on Auckland Airport roading network ramps up
22 Oct 2020  

Work on Auckland Airport roading network ramps up

The main route into the airport will close over four consecutive nights as work continues on its roading network.


Walking, cycling path part of BOP upgrade
21 Oct 2020  

Walking, cycling path part of BOP upgrade

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency’s Takitimu North Link project is up for tender for construction. 


Wellington secures $1m for Innovating Streets scheme
30 Sep 2020   /

Wellington secures $1m for Innovating Streets scheme

Wellington City Council has secured $1m from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to design four Innovating Streets pilots with the community.


Drivers warned as snow, ice blanket South Island
30 Sep 2020   /

Drivers warned as snow, ice blanket South Island

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising all drivers to avoid unnecessary journeys and check highways before setting off as snow and ice falls over the South Island.


Wild weather closes tourist routes, Auckland Harbour Bridge
29 Sep 2020   /

Wild weather closes tourist routes, Auckland Harbour Bridge

Snow and wind have closed highways across New Zealand, including the Auckland Harbour Bridge.


Damaged Hollyford Road to undergo $400k repair
28 Sep 2020   /

Damaged Hollyford Road to undergo $400k repair

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has confirmed the first 11km section of the flood-damaged Lower Hollyford Road in Fiordland will be repaired, at a cost of $400,000.


Avalanche hazard for Milford Road – NZTA
16 Sep 2020   /

Avalanche hazard for Milford Road – NZTA

Popular tourist route Milford Road, SH94, remains closed due to avalanche risk.


Tourism benefits expected from $2.8m PGF investment
10 Sep 2020  

Tourism benefits expected from $2.8m PGF investment

Sealing the Pouto road would unlock tourism and business opportunities for Kaipara locals. 


Works begin on key tourism route
7 Sep 2020  

Works begin on key tourism route

The road is an important tourism route, forming part of the Thermal Explorer Highway linking Rotorua with the Hawkes Bay, Lake Taupo, Ruapehu and Hamilton.


Bridge options to be explored at Shotover River
14 Jul 2020   /

Bridge options to be explored at Shotover River

Queenstown Lakes District Council calling for local feedback on proposed options to improve crossing the Kimiākau Shotover River, complementing the Edith Cavell Bridge.


One dead, three hurt in campervan, car crash
13 Jul 2020  

One dead, three hurt in campervan, car crash

The person who died had been travelling in the car at the time of the collision, Police said.