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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.


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.


$23m Forgotten World Highway work to kick off
8 Jul 2020   /

$23m Forgotten World Highway work to kick off

Locals are invited to find out more about planned improvements for the Forgotten World Highway.


Buller to receive almost $3m for post-Covid 19 rebuild
8 Jul 2020   /

Buller to receive almost $3m for post-Covid 19 rebuild

The Government will invest nearly $3m into the Buller District Council to kick start the post-Covid 19 rebuild.


NZTA reinstates ‘chains essential’ policy for alpine passes
22 Jun 2020  

NZTA reinstates ‘chains essential’ policy for alpine passes

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has reversed its planned management of the Arthur’s Pass highway this winter.


Kaikōura transport networks to complete in December
16 Jun 2020  

Kaikōura transport networks to complete in December

Work to make transport networks around Kaikōura safer and more resilient following the November 2016 earthquake is due to be completed on 15 December.


Transport projects to make Northland more attractive to tourists – NZTA
11 Jun 2020  

Transport projects to make Northland more attractive to tourists – NZTA

The first regional transport projects of the $12bn New Zealand Upgrade Programme are underway.


Fiordland’s Homer Tunnel to close for works
27 May 2020   /

Fiordland’s Homer Tunnel to close for works

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will close Homer Tunnel for road resurfacing following Queen’s Birthday weekend.


Council to vote on Dunedin Railways future
14 May 2020  

Council to vote on Dunedin Railways future

Council will vote today on a motion put forward by Dunedin mayor Aaron Hawkins on support options for Dunedin Railways, including improved funding.


Wairarapa train services to resume from next week
1 May 2020  

Wairarapa train services to resume from next week

Wairarapa Train services will return to their regular timetable from Monday, May 4 in line with the return to normal timetables for all Metlink rail services, according to the Greater Wellington Regional Council.


Dozens of Queenstown operators in line for rent relief
17 Apr 2020  

Dozens of Queenstown operators in line for rent relief

Around 75 tourism and hospitality businesses are in line for a QLDC rent reprieve.


Public feedback open for $360m Northern Pathway ramp
17 Apr 2020  

Public feedback open for $360m Northern Pathway ramp

More detail has been provided about the proposed walking and cycling link over the Auckland Harbour Bridge by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


Submissions open on new Manawatū Gorge route
9 Apr 2020   /

Submissions open on new Manawatū Gorge route

Public submissions on plans for a new highway to replace the closed State Highway 3 Manawatū Gorge route are now open, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


Govt to invest $54bn in transport over the next 10 years
20 Mar 2020   /

Govt to invest $54bn in transport over the next 10 years

The Government will invest a record $54b in its balanced transport policy over the next decade.


Milford Sound access to open for private vehicles
12 Mar 2020   /

Milford Sound access to open for private vehicles

Private vehicle access into and out of Milford Sound Piopiotahi will start on Monday 16 March.


Roadworks to cause delays at Hanmer Springs
4 Mar 2020   /

Roadworks to cause delays at Hanmer Springs

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising drivers there will be delays in and out of Hanmer Springs while the bridge on State Highway 7A, over the Waiau River, is being resurfaced.


Forgotten World Highway $13.4m funding boost to help lift visitor numbers
2 Mar 2020   /

Forgotten World Highway $13.4m funding boost to help lift visitor numbers

A further $13.4m will be spent on improving State Highway 43 the Forgotten World Highway.


Milford Sound convoys set to continue as road repairs ongoing
2 Mar 2020   /

Milford Sound convoys set to continue as road repairs ongoing

Convoys in and out of Milford Sound Piopiotahi are set to be ongoing as work continues on repairing the road following adverse weather that closed the highway in February.


First buses get into Milford Sound
24 Feb 2020   /

First buses get into Milford Sound

The first convoys, including visitor buses into Milford Sound Piopiotahi since the torrential rain of just over a fortnight ago, have gone smoothly.


Milford access opens for essential services
13 Feb 2020   /

Milford access opens for essential services

A four-wheel drive route into Milford Sound Piopiotahi is now available for emergency services, and essential services convoys are planned to start this weekend.


NZTA: Busy week on roads as travellers head to events
3 Feb 2020  

NZTA: Busy week on roads as travellers head to events

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is warning motorists of a busy week in Dunedin as international entertainers take to the stage.


KiwiRail welcomes government rail funding
30 Jan 2020  

KiwiRail welcomes government rail funding

KiwiRail has welcomed the Government’s massive $6.8bn transport funding injection that will boost Auckland rail commuting.


Road to relief for resort’s traffic woes in $90m package
30 Jan 2020   /

Road to relief for resort’s traffic woes in $90m package

The new investment will help Queenstown cope with a growing number of tourists and residents.


Upgrade underway on Auckland Airport highway
22 Jan 2020   /

Upgrade underway on Auckland Airport highway

Construction has started on the upgrade of State Highway 20B to Auckland airport.


Homer Tunnel reopens after fire
22 Jan 2020   /

Homer Tunnel reopens after fire

The Homer Tunnel on SH94 between Te Anau and Milford Sound has reopened, allowing hundreds of queued cars to pass through from Milford Sound.


Popular tourist routes affected by maintenance
20 Jan 2020   /

Popular tourist routes affected by maintenance

Two popular tourist routes in the South Island will be affected by maintenance and resealing this week.


West Coast tourism welcomes early road opening
20 Dec 2019   /

West Coast tourism welcomes early road opening

The Haast highway (SH6) between Harihari and Whataroa is scheduled for reopening today and is welcome news for businesses, says Development West Coast.


NZTA urges summer drivers to plan ahead in the South Island
19 Dec 2019  

NZTA urges summer drivers to plan ahead in the South Island

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is urging people to prepare for the unexpected when travelling on roads in the South Island this summer. 


West Coast gets SH6 reopening for Christmas
16 Dec 2019  

West Coast gets SH6 reopening for Christmas

NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that it is aiming to fully reopen State Highway 6 south of Hokitika to Makarora in Otago in time for Christmas.


PFG invests $9.6m in Forgotten World Highway
3 Dec 2019  

PFG invests $9.6m in Forgotten World Highway

The government will inject $9.6m into the Forgotten World Highway (State Highway 43) to seal the remaining 12km unsealed stretch of road through the Tangarakau Gorge.


Twyford: $96m rail upgrade will help boost tourism
9 Oct 2018  

Twyford: $96m rail upgrade will help boost tourism

The investment is “vital to unlocking Wairarapa’s potential”, says the transport minister.


SH1 through Kaikōura opens 24/7
30 Apr 2018  

SH1 through Kaikōura opens 24/7

State Highway 1 through Kaikōura between Picton and Christchurch will re-open for night-time travel from today.