Rail has been a key part of New Zealand’s development and transportation systems for 150 years.

Today, after many years of under investment and decline, rail is undergoing a renaissance with significant investment being made in recent years in both upgrading and re-equipping KiwiRail’s national freight network as well as modernising and rebuilding urban passenger systems in Auckland and Wellington.

Currently there are around 4000km of mainline track in New Zealand on which 900 freight trains, 44 intercity passenger and 4200 suburban passenger services operate every week.

Key organisations in the New Zealand Rail sector include

  • KiwiRail
  • Auckland Transport
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Transdev
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Transport Accident Investigation Commission
  • Heritage Rail operators

The RTSA’s membership is drawn from a broad cross section of these organisations as well as from contractors, suppliers and consultancies. We run a regular programme of lunchtime and evening meetings and events in both Wellington and Auckland.