Trespass and vandalism
KiwiRail manages over 4,000 kilometres of track in New Zealand. The track and the land surrounding the tracks is called the rail corridor. Unless you have a valid permit to be in the rail corridor you are trespassing and putting your life in danger.
Trespassing is the leading cause of deaths on the railway because:
- Trains are heavy
- Trains are fast
- Trains cannot swerve or stop.
Where to cross
The only legal/proper place to cross tracks is at a properly marked crossing. Please remember, short cuts can kill:
- All railway tracks and bridges are private property
- Anyone walking along or crossing tracks, not at a proper crossing, is committing an offence and can be prosecuted
- The maximum fine is $10,000.
Reporting trespass and vandalism
Please call the police immediately if you see:
- Person(s) or vehicles acting suspiciously
- Person(s) committing a criminal offence: theft of railway property,vandalism of railway property,graffiti of any railway corridor building or rolling stock, trespass