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

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system.

The new model involves a new government-owned company taking over the operation of the payroll service, and Talent2 licensing the core Alesco software to that company.

The settlement provides for Talent2 to pay the Ministry between $18 million and $22 million, made up of $7 million in cash and other considerations including a license for the Alesco software and discounted fees for the support and maintenance of this software. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news