A partnership approach

The Waitohi/Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment is being managed through a partnership between Port Marlborough and KiwiRail.  Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Marlborough District Council are also partnering in the project.

All project partners understand the significance of the project to the town of Picton and wider Marlborough district.

We are committed to working closely with iwi, directly affected parties and the wider community throughout the development and delivery of the project. We are also committed to sustainable development practices that deliver balanced social, environmental and economic benefits.


KiwiRail and Port Marlborough have agreed the following objectives for the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct:

Reliability: Performs reliably for ferries and customers and can respond to minor disruptive events without significant schedule disruption

Resilience: Resilient against major disruptive events and able to support the ferries’ lifeline capability for New Zealand

Sustainability: Built to last with sustainable construction materials and delivers exceptional operational environmental performance

Aesthetically sensitive: Visually sensitive to the surrounding natural and built environment

Flexibility: Adaptable to changes in customers’ needs, freight demands and road and rail mode share


About KiwiRail


KiwiRail has a long and proud history in New Zealand stretching back more than 150 years.

KiwiRail’s Interislander ferries are extensions of State Highway 1 and the main trunk line across Cook Strait linking road and rail networks between the North and South Islands, connecting our communities and supporting our economy.

Interislander Cook Strait service operates 3800 services a year, carrying about 850,000 passengers, 250,000 cars, 1.2 million lane metres of trucks and up to $14 billion worth of freight.  

Auckland to Christchurch is one of the most important routes on the rail network, and is in high demand from freight customers.

Visit www.kiwirail.co.nz for more information.


About Port Marlborough

Port Marlborough continues to evolve to a leading, environmentally restorative port that delivers financial, social and environmental value.

As operator of Marlborough’s regional port and marinas, the Port and its people play a key role in the region’s economic success.

The Port is a strategic infrastructure partner to the Cook Strait ferry fleet, providing the South Island terminal for inter-island freight and passenger ferry services.

Our goals include long term resilience, innovation to continually improve environmental performance of our operations, and designing safety and sustainable outcomes into everything we do.

Visit www.portmarlborough.co.nz for more information.