30 April 2019 10:10AM

KiwiRail’s Coastal Pacific service exceeded expectations this summer, with early numbers indicating a 9% increase in passengers travelling by train along the Kaikoura coastline.

06 March 2017 3:03PM

KiwiRail’s renowned TranzAlpine service is set to resume on Wednesday March 22 after repairs to the Midland Line between Christchurch and Greymouth were completed faster than expected.

21 November 2016 3:03PM

Carriages used on the Coastal Pacific scenic passenger train are being shifted to the popular TranzAlpine and Northern Explorer services in the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake.

01 June 2016 4:04PM

Former Australian deputy prime minister Tim Fischer is on Friday 3 June due to tick an item off his bucket list and catch KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer train from Wellington to Auckland.

26 April 2016 9:09AM

Commuters on peak time Wellington to Waikanae services are set to get more room on their ride home.

25 February 2016 9:09AM

KiwiRail today welcomed the Governor General and representatives from West Coast tourism businesses, conservation and wider local community as guests on its TranzAlpine train journey. TranzAlpine celebrates 30 years of operating in 2017 and carries more than 130,000 visitors between Christchurch and Greymouth each year.

15 November 2013 4:04PM

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

05 November 2013 12:12PM

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 2:02PM

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.

08 October 2013 11:11AM

Tranz Metro train disruptions – timetable changes Tuesday Oct 8

07 October 2013 10:10AM

Matangi trains undergoing mechanical inspection              


19 August 2013 11:11AM

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

22 July 2013 1:01PM

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 9:09PM

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 3:03PM

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 1:01PM

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 4:04PM

Latest update from KiwiRail 25 June, 4:15pm

25 June 2013 10:10AM

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 2:02PM

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 9:09AM

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 4:04PM

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

21 June 2013 3:03PM

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

21 June 2013 1:01PM

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

21 June 2013 1:01PM

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

21 June 2013 12:12PM

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

21 June 2013 11:11AM

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 11:11AM

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

31 May 2013 12:12PM

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 9:09AM

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 9:09AM

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.

02 April 2013 9:09AM

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 2:02PM

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 10:10AM

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

26 November 2012 9:09AM

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 2:02PM

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 2:02PM

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 6:06AM

“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 10:10AM


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

25 June 2012 3:03PM

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

07 May 2012 10:10AM

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 9:09AM

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 3:03PM

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.

05 April 2012 3:03PM

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.

03 February 2012 10:10AM

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.