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By bus, train or ferry

Updated: 6 March 2015

Choosing public transport – buses, trains or ferries – over driving means fewer cars on the road, helping to reduce congestion and harmful emissions. Taking public transport also means you can use your commute to catch up on work, read or relax. Even if you’re some distance from the nearest bus or train stop, you can always cycle or drive to the stop and use public transport for the rest of your trip. See other ideas for combining trips.

In this section, you can access links to local and regional timetables and learn about the special concessions available to some travellers.

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Local and regional timetables

Use these links to get information about timetable information, fares, concessions and routes in your region. Hard copies are usually available at your local public library, council office and bus and train stations.

School buses

Visit the Ministry of Education website for information on school transport (external link).

Commuter ferry services

Commuter ferry services are available in Auckland and Wellington:

  • In Auckland, ferry services provide access to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf as well as commuter services. Find out more (external link).
  • In Wellington, one ferry service travels between Days Bay Wharf and Queens Wharf with some services also travelling to Seatoun Wharf, Matiu/Somes Island and Petone Wharf. Find out more (external link).

Interregional bus, ferry and train services

Check these longer distance travel options:

Visiting New Zealand?

Learn about the scenic bus and rail routes New Zealand has to offer.

Services for disabled people

Public transport can be an essential lifeline for disabled people. Low-floor buses, wide aisles and reserved wheelchair seating are some of the features that help improve the accessibility of services.

Check out the accessibility features on services available in your area:


Free public transport services for older people

If you have a SuperGold Card you can travel free on off-peak rail, bus and habour ferry services. The SuperGold Card is a discount and concession card issued free to everyone 65 years and over, and anyone under 65 who receives New Zealand Superannuation or a veteran’s pension.

Find out more about the SuperGold Card (external link) and available concessions.

Discounted taxi services for disabled people

The Total Mobility scheme provides discount taxi vouchers to people who have serious mobility constraints. The vouchers provide a discount of 50 percent off the normal taxi fare. The scheme also provides funding to help with the purchase and installation of wheelchair hoists in taxi vans. Co-funded by central and local government, the scheme is operated and managed in most regions by the regional council.

Find out about the eligibility criteria and how you can access the scheme if you’re in:


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