KiwiRail invites Aucklanders into the driver’s seat at SeePort

27 January 2016 2:02PM

KiwiRail is inviting wannabe train drivers to experience the driver’s seat and to learn more about rail safety.

SeePort visitors will have the chance take the controls of a freight train courtesy of one of three interactive high-tech simulators available at the Ports of Auckland open weekend on Saturday 30 January, Sunday 31 January and Monday 1 February on Captain Cook Wharf.

Those keen to experience the feel of driving a train will be asked to don Occulus Rift virtual reality headsets. An adult and child’s version will be available. The simulation is also available online via

Every near miss on the rail network is a near hit and KiwiRail hopes that by putting people into the driver’s seat of a train they will better understand the need to stay alert and always be prepared to stop as they approach level crossings.

KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ developed the train simulator for Rail Safety Week 2014. The aim of the simulator is to educate people around rail safety and minimise the number of collisions and near misses at level crossings. A train hauling 1500 tonnes takes up to a kilometre to stop and that is why trains have right of way at level crossings.

Rail Safety Week is held annually, and 2016 marks the 10th anniversary. Other agencies to support the campaign include the NZ Police, the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, Tranz Metro, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Transdev Auckland.


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About Auckland Anniversary Weekend
Ports of Auckland SeePort is one of a host of exciting events happening on Auckland’s waterfront and harbour over Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Saturday 30 January – Monday 1 February), including ASB Auckland Seafood Festival; Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival; St Jerome’s Laneway Festival; Silo Cinema and Silo Sessions; Auckland International Buskers Festival; Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta; HMNZS WELLINGTON Open Day and Sunset Navy Concert; and the At The Beach - 100 Years of Summer Fashion exhibition, family activities and heritage vessels sailings in and around the NZ Maritime Museum.
About Ports of Auckland

  • Ports of Auckland Ltd has been playing a vital role in the Auckland economy for 175 years, delivering things Aucklanders and New Zealand need and enjoy. It is part of the special character of Auckland.
  • It is New Zealand’s biggest import port and the largest and most efficient container port, handling nearly 1 million containers a year.
  • In the 2014/15 financial year Ports of Auckland also handled 5.9m tonnes of non-containerised cargo, including 243,801 cars.
  • As New Zealand’s premier cruise port, we handle around 100 cruise ships annually and each ship visit is worth about $1.5m to the local economy.
  • The Port also helps New Zealand exporters deliver their products to the world.  We have a network of freight hubs across the North Island which provides exporters with choice and supply chain efficiency.  The Ports of Auckland freight hubs are in South Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the Manawatu.
  • Ports of Auckland is 100%-owned by Auckland Council Investments Ltd and serves Auckland’s growth. Our dividends are used for the benefit of Auckland ratepayers.
  • In the 2014/15 financial year our declared dividend to the city was $41.7 million.  This amounts to $88 per household, which is the equivalent of 3.75% of the average Auckland residential rates bill.