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New Zealand's extensive rail networks cover some of the country's most demanding and often isolated terrain. This imposes significant demands on transport businesses carrying freight and passengers, and requires them to maintain a rigorous focus on safety and operational efficiency. These requirements also extend to those operating volunteer tourist and heritage railways and tramways in New Zealand.

To help ensure safety on New Zealand's railway networks, we're responsible for regulating railways by:

  • administering the Railways Act 2005
  • licensing organisations that control and use rail networks
  • monitoring accidents and incidents.
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Rail licensees and related organisations

See a list of all rail licensees in New Zealand, as well as links to other rail-related organisations.

Rail-related resources

Publications, reports and legislation on rail safety in New Zealand.

Monitoring safety performance

Safety is our priority – and we carefully monitor licensees’ safety performance through regular assessments and accident and incident notifications.

Rail licensing

How we license rail organisations in New Zealand, and the requirements all applicants must meet.