Pets permanent on Auckland trains

Councillor Cathy Casey with dog Suzie.
Councillor Cathy Casey with dog Suzie. Photo credit: Auckland Transport

The Auckland public has voted in favour of having pets on trains. 

After two trials and a survey carried out by Auckland Transport, pets have earned their permanent position partnering people on public trains.

Metro Services group manager Stacey van der Putten said only 12 percent of those surveyed opposed the move.

"Our customers have really enjoyed being able to take their fur companions on the trains. Pet owners have been very supportive of the protocols that have been put in place to allow this initiative to happen."

Councillor Cathy Casey believes allowing animals to travel around Auckland puts the city in line with European standards.

"This is another fantastic step towards making Auckland a more dog-friendly city. We are finally catching up with the great cities of Europe where pets are welcomed on all forms of public transport."

Pets are allowed on trains between 9am and 3pm and after 6:30pm at night. They can travel all-day on weekends and public holidays. 

Dogs must wear an appropriate muzzle and lead or can be in an approved pet carrier.

The full details and conditions:

Pets can only travel on trains at off-peak times (9am-3pm and 6:30pm-end of service on weekdays, and all-day weekends and public holidays)

All dogs must either be wearing an approved muzzle and lead or can be travelling in an approved pet carrier

Domestic pets must be enclosed in a suitable pet carrier that is small enough to be stored securely under the seat or held on the passenger's lap

Passengers travelling with domestic pets are responsible and must keep them caged and under control at stations, getting on or off the train, and while onboard trains

Passengers travelling with domestic pets are responsible for all pet mess and must ensure that it is cleaned up before they get off the train

Passengers may be refused entry to board the train if the train is crowded

Passengers may be asked to leave the train with their pet if the animal is causing or likely to cause a safety risk or nuisance to other customers

Domestic pets travel free of charge