KiwiRail puts the safety of its staff, passengers and the public first. While railways are extremely photogenic, they can also be dangerous places to take pictures. KiwiRail does not support the creation or publication of images where people enter the rail corridor to use rail track, tunnels or bridges as a creative backdrop, or any images that glamorise trespass on the network or suggest it is acceptable. Trespassing is the leading cause of rail deaths, and is also illegal. Rail safety organisation TrackSAFE NZ recently launched a campaign to counter this trend: Read more
To film or photograph in or near the rail network or on KiwiRail property, you require KiwiRail’s formal permission. In most cases you will need to obtain a Permit to Enter from KiwiRail and meet the associated costs of planning and facilitating safe access.
The Permit will allow you to safely work within the applied location and time. For more information, see the Permit to Enter web page.
Passengers are welcome to use hand-held cameras for private purposes on our ferries and scenic train services, but those looking to film for commercial purposes need formal permission. Drones are not allowed.
For more information and to request permission, please click here.
The Wellington Railway Station has been used for films and TV commercials and has been the backdrop for wedding shoots. The station provides a unique venue for performances, product launches, and promotions.
It is private property managed by KiwiRail and anyone wishing to film or hold an activity inside the station itself requires our permission.
Apply to use station
Please read the guide to activities at Wellington Railway Station: View guide here
To apply please complete this online form: Application for Activities at Wellington Railway Station
Costs and processing time
A fee will be charged for use of the area. This will include costs for venue hire and may also include security, utility and building charges. A quote will be provided after receipt of the completed application form.
Processing of applications may take up to two (2) weeks from receipt of the completed application form and required documents.
To check the progress of your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Like members of the public, media personnel are not permitted to enter the rail corridor without permission from KiwiRail. Please contact KiwiRail’s Media Team to discuss your proposal: email email@example.com