Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency does not directly provide public transport services. We set policies and invest in services that are then delivered by regional councils and Auckland Transport. Regional councils and Auckland Transport contract private operators to provide public transport using buses, trains and ferries in our cities.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s role in planning and investment for public transport
As part of the transport temporary relief package, public transport services across Aotearoa New Zealand will have half price fares for three months from 1 April 2022.
Find out more about the half price public transport fares
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.
In addition to public transport services managed by regional councils, there are other passenger services provided on buses, trains, ferries, taxis and specialist vehicles.
Contact your regional transport service provider for the local school timetable.
Regional public transport timetables
The Ministry of Education website provides more information on transport matters that apply to schools.
Property, procurement and school transport(external link)
Check these longer distance travel options:
Bus – there are two main intercity bus providers – Intercity(external link) and SKIP(external link) – and a number of smaller regional and specialist providers.
Train – long-distance train services are provided by KiwiRail through KiwiRail Scenic.(external link)
Ferry – Cook Strait ferries are provided by Interislander ferries(external link) and Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry.(external link)
Most public transport services in New Zealand provide wheelchair access. Urban public transport buses must meet an accessibility standard set out in our Requirements for urban buses document.
For long-distance services we recommend that you check with the operator about the accessibility of their services before you travel.
New Zealand also has a scheme of subsided taxis for people with disabilities. To be eligible for this, you must be assessed against the criteria and issued with an ID card from a particular region.
Total Mobility scheme policy guide for local authorities [PDF, 402 KB]
If you have a SuperGold card you can travel free on off-peak rail, bus and harbour ferry services that form part of the public transport network. 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.