KiwiRail moves around 25% of New Zealand’s exports, transports more than one million tourists and helps enable 34 million commuter journeys a year.
KiwiRail plays a critical role in New Zealand’s freight and supply chain industries.
Our services provide cost effective and sustainable ways to move goods, supporting our customers to grow New Zealand’s economy.
Each year, we carry around one million tourists on our scenic train journeys and Interislander ferry service, collectively branded the Great Journeys of New Zealand. Our journeys have been named among the top train and ferry experiences in the world.Learn more
KiwiRail is one of New Zealand’s largest landowners and a significant landlord with 18,000ha of land, more than 1500 buildings and a property portfolio worth $3.6 billion.
We take our role seriously as guardians of the rail corridor for future generations, securing and protecting active rail land while disposing of assets that are no longer needed to fund future rail investments.
KiwiRail’s Interislander ferry service is an extension of State Highway 1 and the Main Trunk Line across Cook Strait, linking road and rail networks between New Zealand’s North and South islands.
We currently operate three ferries – Kaiarahi, Kaitaki and the rail-enabled Aratere - that cross the strait a combined total of 4000 times a year.
Of KiwiRail’s four core values, ‘Care and Protect’ is the one our people live and breathe by. It is why our Zero Harm vision is to become the leading health and safety organisation in New Zealand.Learn more
We keep our customers satisfied by ensuring our services are reliable and that they can be trusted to deliver on time.
That means making sure our assets are up to standard, and to achieve that KiwiRail regularly inspects its track, upgrades its assets and carries out preventative maintenance and repairs over the rail network.
Find out more about some of the significant projects we're working on.
Work underway in Northland includes investigating a potential new spur line to link Northport and Marsden Point.
Rebuilding the Main North Line after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake was one of the biggest rail rebuild projects since World War II.
KiwiRail is reopening the Napier to Wairoa rail line to take heavy forestry trucks off regional roads and deliver economic growth in the region.
The Wellington Metro Upgrade will add capacity to the Wellington rail lines and help increase resilience.