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.

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.

15 May 2015

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

23 March 2015

KiwiRail fears a tragedy could occur in Tuakau, following a significant rise in trespass incidents on the railway reported by KiwiRail train drivers in the area. KiwiRail is urging residents and visitors to stay off the rail tracks and only cross at official crossings.

27 February 2015

Tranz Metro services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Porirua have returned to normal scheduling.

26 February 2015

Tranz Metro services between Wellington and Porirua remain suspended until further notice and buses will continue to be provided for customers travelling between those stations.

17 February 2015

KiwiRail will be withdrawing the buffet car from Monday 2 March 2015 as it is due for significant maintenance work.

15 January 2015

KiwiRail will be carrying out further repairs to the Silverstream rail bridge this weekend, following a vehicle strike on 7 January that caused significant structural damage to the bridge span.

13 January 2015

Eastern Hutt Road near the Silversteam rail bridge remains partially closed after it was struck by a vehicle last Wednesday (7 January). 

9 January 2015

Tranz Metro services between Taita and Upper Hutt stations will resume over the next hour and services will run as follows:

8 January 2015

This to advise your listeners that Eastern Hutt Road near the Silversteam rail bridge has been partially closed as repair work is undertaken after the bridge was damaged by a vehicle strike on 7 January. 

8 January 2015

Update 11.50 am   

Tranz Metro services between Taita and Upper Hutt stations are still being replaced by buses after a truck struck the Silverstream rail bridge yesterday. 

7 January 2015

Tranz Metro services between Taita and Upper Hutt stations are being replaced by buses after a truck struck the Silverstream rail bridge until further notice. 



7 January 2015

Tranz Metro services between Taita and Upper Hutt stations are being replaced by buses after a truck struck the Silverstream rail bridge this afternoon.

15 November 2013

Fire suppressant equipment has now been installed on all the locomotives used to haul the TranzAlpine says KiwiRail’s Chief Executive Jim Quinn.

5 November 2013

The latest Wellington Tranz Metro customer satisfaction survey and a Chartered Institute of Transport Logistics (CILT) award have shown that customer service and sentiment is continuing to improve.

29 October 2013

Due to an unforeseen extension to this weekend's track maintenance, Johnsonville Line services will be bus replaced on a half hourly basis with the aim of having train services running on the line by tomorrow morning.

8 October 2013

Tranz Metro train disruptions – timetable changes Tuesday Oct 8

7 October 2013

Matangi trains undergoing mechanical inspection              


19 August 2013

KiwiRail wishes to advise Tranz Metro passengers that normal train services resumed Saturday morning, following Friday's magnitude 6.6 earthquake.

22 July 2013

Following the completion of inspections to check on any damage to the rail network after last night’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake, the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, Johnsonville and the Waikanae lines have all been reopened to rail services.

21 July 2013

KiwiRail is advising Tranz Metro passengers that, following this evening’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake, all Wellington commuter lines are closed and will remain closed tomorrow morning with no peak train services or bus replacements operating.  All passengers are advised to make alternative travel arrangements for the morning.

21 July 2013

Following consultation with New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), KiwiRail has decided as a precautionary measure to temporarily bus transfer passengers for the 14kms between Arthurs Pass and Otira in both directions as of tomorrow (Monday 22 July), rather than going through the Otira tunnel by train.

26 June 2013

KiwiRail is advising Hutt Valley Line and Wairarapa Line train commuters that it is planning to resume normal services on the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa lines tomorrow morning.

25 June 2013

Latest update from KiwiRail 25 June, 4:15pm

25 June 2013

KiwiRail’s all new Northern Explorer service between Auckland and Wellington is celebrating its one-year anniversary of operation today having met its financial targets.

24 June 2013

KiwiRail and Greater Wellington Regional Council is reminding Hutt Valley and Wairarapa train line commuters to prepare and plan for significant delays when travelling home this evening and over the coming days.

24 June 2013

KiwiRail is advising Hutt Valley Line and Wairarapa Line train commuters to expect and plan for longer than usual travel times into Wellington City this week, as a result of significant damage to rail tracks in Petone during last week’s storm.

21 June 2013

Latest update from KiwiRail 21 June 2013, 4:30pm

21 June 2013

Latest update from KiwiRail 21 June 2013, 3:00pm

21 June 2013

Latest update from KiwiRail 21 June 2013, 1:20pm

21 June 2013

Latest update from KiwiRail 21 June 2013, 1:15pm

21 June 2013

Latest update from KiwiRail 21 June 2013, 12:52pm

21 June 2013

Adverse weather and track damage has impacted on all services.  However, bus replacements are now operating hourly on all lines except the Wairarapa Line.   Train services have resumed between Upper Hutt and Masterton but are subject to speed restrictions which will cause delays.

21 June 2013

Latest updated from KiwiRail dated 21 June 2013, 11:10am.

31 May 2013

Interislander has joined forces with Destination Marlborough and Nelson Tasman Tourism to launch a campaign for people looking to ditch the winter blues for blue sky days in Marlborough and Nelson. The ‘Make a Memory in Marlborough and Nelson’ winter campaign begins today and will run through June and July.

29 May 2013

The winner of KiwiRail Scenic Journeys’ very popular Facebook photo competition has been named with Christchurch local, Andy Lukey, taking out the top prize of $1,000 cash and $1,000 travel with KiwiRail Scenic Journeys. Mr Lukey’s portfolio, captured on the Coastal Pacific train journey from Christchurch to Picton, was the strongest of the 12 photographers who competed in the final of the competition.

15 April 2013

Fares for the Capital Connection will increase for all travel from 1 May 2013. The last fare increase for the service was on 1 November 2011.

2 April 2013

KiwiRail has today announced that the Coastal Pacific train between Picton and Christchurch will operate as an extended summer service in the seven months between October and April. This seasonal service is expected to be in place while Christchurch rebuilds its tourism infrastructure.

28 March 2013

KiwiRail has today announced that it will continue to operate the Capital Connection service for another two years before making a final call on whether or not it will be closed.

14 February 2013

KiwiRail Scenic has launched its new Waitomo and Hobbiton Escape package for the Northern Explorer train between Auckland and Wellington.

26 November 2012

One of the world’s great scenic train trips has just become even better, following the introduction of KiwiRail’s brand new scenic carriages to the iconic TranzAlpine journey between Christchurch and Greymouth.

15 October 2012

KiwiRail is increasing its fares for the Coastal Pacific train service between Christchurch and Picton to bring it into line with fares for the Northern Explorer and TranzAlpine trains. 

20 September 2012

KiwiRail’s new Northern Explorer train service between Auckland and Wellington will have two more stops added to the timetable at Papakura and Paraparaumu to accommodate for the large catchments of people in Auckland South and Wellington North.

13 August 2012

“Use your brain, tracks are for trains” is the new safety message being delivered throughout the country for this year’s Rail Safety Week.

The campaign is aimed at reducing the amount of trespassing and improving pedestrian safety around the rail network.

31 July 2012


KiwiRail has been considering seeking a partner for its long-distance Scenic passenger services since April last year.

25 June 2012

KiwiRail’s all new Northern Explorer train service was launched today, departing Britomart Station in Auckland with its first passengers.

7 May 2012

KiwiRail’s new North Island train service, which will begin service in the middle of this year, has been given a new name – Northern Explorer.

26 April 2012

KiwiRail apologises for the widespread disruption on the Auckland rail network this afternoon caused by a  power outage in its National Train Control Centre in Wellington.

24 April 2012

KiwiRail is making changes to the train service between Wellington and Auckland to transform the service into an internationally recognised tourism product. The Overlander currently runs a daily service during summer months and three days a week during winter using carriages that are up to 60 years old.  The new service, which will be rebranded and will use new purpose built carriages, is planned to begin operation on Monday 25 June.

5 April 2012

From 11 May to 11 September, KiwiRail’s Coastal Pacific train service between Christchurch and Picton will operate a reduced winter timetable. The return service will run on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only, which are typically the most popular days for travel.

3 February 2012

As a result of extensive mechanical issues with the English Electric trains that operate on the Johnsonville line and customer calls for more service consistency, a decision has been made by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Tranz Metro to use a combination of trains and express bus services in the morning peak to assist with reduced capacity on trains until Matangi are introduced on the line on Monday 19 March.