Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer turns one

Media release

KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer turns one

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.

The service, which was launched at Britomart Station on 25 June last year, is performing better than budgeted and has seen a 12 percent increase in the number of passengers per service in comparison to its predecessor the Overlander.

“Since its launch, the new Northern Explorer train is trending in the right direction, and the service is receiving an excellent response from a broad section of the travel market,” says KiwiRail’s General Manager, Passenger, Deborah Hume. 

“The service is a fundamentally different one to the Overlander and is focused on tourism and experiential travel. The introduction of brand new scenic carriages was the key to revitalising the North Island service,” Ms Hume says. “They have given us the platform from which we can transform the North Island service into a high-value, must-do tourist experience for both domestic and international tourists alike.”

Other changes to the North Island train include a new timetable which sees it operating six days a week with a faster journey time of 10 and-a-half hours, new fares and a new menu.  In the last 12 months, the service has carried over 31,490 passengers up and down the North Island.

“The former Overlander service was seriously challenged, unable to compete against lower cost bus services in the transport space, and unattractive to the tourist market.  KiwiRail created the tourism-focused Northern Explorer for which we increased the price point and decreased the operating cost. It is now increasing patronage and so far delivering on its targets. Additionally, over the past year there have been encouraging signs for the new service in the international wholesale markets, up by approximately 50 percent in comparison to the previous year,” Ms Hume says. 

“We are focused on building the North Island service into a better product to attract more tourists – both international and domestic,” says Ms Hume. “We’ve been working with local businesses and tourism operators to develop our Scenic Escape packages – special tourism packages showcasing what is great about the North Island both inside and outside the train.

“We know with new carriages and a completely new product, the North Island rail service between Auckland and Wellington has the potential to be the great travel and tourism experience for the North Island, and we’re pleased with how the service is tracking one year on,” Ms Hume says.


Jim Quinn handing out birthday cupcakes on the NE train

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news