Trespass and vandalism

KiwiRail manages over 3500km 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:

  • Trains are heavy
  • Trains are fast
  • Trains cannot swerve or stop.
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Where to cross

The only legal and safe place to cross tracks is at a properly marked crossing.

  • 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:

  • People or vehicles acting suspiciously
  • People committing a criminal offence: stealing or vandalising railway property, adding graffiti to any railway corridor building, locomotives, wagons or carriages, trespassing