The Rail and Maritime Trade Union (RMTU) has given notice of its intent to commence industrial action from Monday 26 February to Friday 16 March.

Auckland Transport and Transdev have developed a temporary timetable to minimise disruption and provide consistent rail services on these lines during this period.

Customers can expect Southern, Western and Eastern line weekday peak train services at 20-minute intervals, with inter-peak and off-peak services running as normal. Many trains on these services will run with six cars, which can hold 900 passengers, to help reduce impact.

Onehunga and Pukekohe weekday train services and weekend train services across all lines will remain on their usual timetable.

Ferry and bus services will operate as normal.

Read the media release: Temporary timetable on trains due to industrial action.

Auckland Transport

Auckland Lantern Festival Auckland Lantern Festival

The festival is close to Newmarket and Grafton Train Stations – consider using the park and ride facilities that exist at several bus stations, train stations, and ferry terminals around Auckland.

Dates: Thursday 1 (lantern only night), Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March.
Location: Auckland Domain.
Time: 7pm to Midnight on Thursday 1 March, 4pm to Midnight on Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March.

Travel on public transport with family and friends to the Auckland Lantern Festival.The festival is just 500m from Grafton Train Station, has Auckland Transport secure cycle parking, is a short walk from the central city, and close to bus routes.

With tens of thousands of people attending, extensive parking restrictions and road closures in place, we suggest you take the train, bus, cycle or walk to and from the Auckland Lantern Festival. Parking spaces in nearby parking buildings are in high demand – if driving, please be prepared for queues. Consider parking further away and walking or taking public transport to the festival.

Auckland City Hospital and Starship Hospital are both open and operating as normal during the Auckland Lantern Festival, including their busy emergency departments. If you are attending the festival, please look out for ambulances and give them right of way; help keep the entrances to the hospitals clear for patients, whānau, visitors and staff; and stay out of the hospital grounds and carparks unless you are visiting the hospitals.

For more information visit the Auckland Lantern Festival website.


Catch a bus to the Auckland Lantern Festival. Buses will be diverted due to road closures in the area. The closest bus stops are located on Symonds St or Khyber Pass Rd.

Travel early and pre-plan your trip with the Journey Planner.

Normal fares/passes apply for bus travel. Children under 5 travel for free.


Catch the green InnerLink bus service which operates from Customs St to Parnell, through to Newmarket. Due to road closures for this event, the InnerLink will travel via Khyber Pass Rd and Symonds St instead of Park Rd and Grafton Bridge.

The closest stops to Auckland Domain will be at 470 Parnell Rd (stop 7196) when travelling on the InnerLink from Britomart (clockwise), or 493 Parnell Rd (stop 7195) when travelling on the InnerLink from Ponsonby/Karangahape Rd (anticlockwise).

Find out more information about the InnerLink.


Information regarding timetables to come soon.


The Downtown Ferry Terminal is next to the Britomart Transport Centre in Downtown Auckland. This means ferry passengers can easily change to a train or bus.

Normal fares/passes apply for ferry travel. Children under 5 travel free

For regular scheduled services to and from the city centre please use the Journey Planner.

Published 31 January 2018 | Last updated 26 February 2018
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change