Filming and photography

If you wish to film or photograph in or near the rail corridor or on KiwiRail property, in most cases you will need to obtain a Permit to Enter from KiwiRail. 

The Permit will allow you to safely work within the applied location and time. For more information see the Permit to Enter page or contact our Permits team.


Filming on our Great Journeys of NZ tourism services (Interislander ferries and scenic trains)

Passengers are welcome to use hand-held cameras for private purposes on our tourism services, however those looking to film for commercial purposes need formal permission. Drones are not allowed.

For more information and to request permission, please click here


Filming or taking photos in a commuter train or on a platform/station

In Auckland:

  • Passenger carriages and platforms/stations are owned by Auckland Transport.
  • You will need permission from Transdev Auckland and Auckland Transport to film on trains.
  • You will need permission from KiwiRail to film on the rail network. For more information contact our Permits team.

In Wellington:

  • Passenger carriages and platforms/stations are owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council.
  • You will need permission from GWRC to film.


Filming or taking photos at the Wellington Railway Station

The Wellington Railway Station has been used for films and TV commercials and has been the backdrop for wedding shoots.

It is private property managed by KiwiRail and anyone wishing to film in the station itself requires our permission.

To request this please complete the Application Form. We ask for at least 48 hours to process the application. Charges may apply.

For more information contact

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A commercial is filmed in Wellington Railway Station
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