LATEST NEWS: KiwiRail's Scenic Journeys TranzAlpine trip has rated highly in an international travel magazine.          More

22 July 2015

The article in Travel Pulse magazine by James Ruggia gives a comprehensive description of Scenic Journeys' tourism offerings, and makes a strong case for international tourists to include rail in their NZ tour planning. The full article follows.

By James Ruggia - Travel Pulse

Usually when we think of crossing the Alps on a thrilling and jaw droppingly beautiful train we immediately think of Switzerland's Glacier Express or the Bernina Express, but south of the equator, New Zealand's TranzAlpine train crosses South Island from coast to coast on a run that crosses the Southern Alps, from Christchurch to Greymouth on a 4.5-hour journey that blazes through the clouds at its apex.

30 June 2015

KiwiRail announced today that it will keep the Capital Connection running for the next three years following a funding contribution by Horizons Regional Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.

18 June 2015

Trucks that strike rail bridges create a significant risk for rail passengers and staff, as well as exposing drivers and their companies to the cost of repairs, and KiwiRail’s message is always check your height before you drive under a bridge.

15 June 2015

The sons and daughters of ten current KiwiRail employees have been awarded scholarships of $2000 towards their tertiary education.




5 June 2015

A rail bridge refurbishment project in the Taumaranui area is bringing substantial benefits to the local community.

27 May 2015

KiwiRail can confirm that the Tranz Alpine was involved in a collision with a motor vehicle at the level crossing on Keens Road near Springfield just after 09.00am this morning.

21 May 2015

KiwiRail has welcomed the funding package included in the Government’s Budget announcements today. KiwiRail will receive $210m in 2015/16 and a further $190m as a pre-commitment against Budget 2016.

19 May 2015

As part of KiwiRail’s commitment to greater sustainability the Interislander ferry Arahura is trialling Fuel Oil Emulsion (FOE) technology in one of the ship’s auxiliary engines. FOE burns more completely than unmodified fuel and so uses less fuel, emissions are lower and the engines run cooler and so should require less maintenance.

15 May 2015

Tranz Metro services are starting to resume this afternoon as work continues on the network following yesterday’s weather event.

13 May 2015

Preparations are underway at Dargaville rail yard as a local tourism operator Port Dargaville Cruises Director John Hansen prepares to expand his activities later this year to run rail carts along the Dargaville branch line. 


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