New Zealand's largest public transport operator

Servicing the Auckland and Wellington regions with approximately 55-60 million trips a year.

NZ bus has over 1000 buses, 7 depots and employs approximately 2000 people. 

In recent years NZ Bus has enhanced and modernised its bus fleet through substantial investment, 201 new buses by the end of March 2013,  with a further 100 delivered through to 2014. 

Industry partnership

Industry partnership

NZ Bus partners with operators and regional transport authorities to run bus public transport. 

Regional transport authorities define and regulate the network. They set routes, timetables, operational standards and maximum fares on most services. If fares cover costs, services consistent with the network are undertaken without a rate/tax payer subsidy. However, there is a subsidy if fares are insufficient to cover costs. 

For several years industry participants have been working to change the regulatory, funding and contracting regime. A new model was adopted in 2013, and it is expected to provide a base for future growth. It incentivises operators to have a more commercial approach, and for authorities to focus on value and network enhancements. 

NZ Bus News


NZ Bus secures future in Auckland

25 Oct 2017

NZ Bus confirms it has successfully concluded negotiations to secure long-term scale and stability for its Auckland bus operations. With 20 long-term contracts in Western, Central and Northern regions of Auckland secured, NZ Bus will continue its long-standing partnership with Auckland Transport. The result of the Auckland directly appointed negotiation...

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NZ Bus consolidates its Wellington bus operations

5 May 2017

NZ Bus confirms it has not been selected as a preferred tenderer for the three units of the Wellington city contracts it participated in for bus services in Wellington. There were nine units in total that were tendered by Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) under the Public Transport Operating Model...

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NZ Bus transitioning to electric powered vehicles

21 Apr 2016

Infratil today announced a US$30m deal with Wrightspeed Inc. to supply its first-in-kind, award-winning electric powertrain technology – the Route™ 500, which it intends to deploy on its public transport business through NZ Bus. California-based Wrightspeed, founded by New Zealand-born Ian Wright who was a co-founder of Tesla, manufactures range-extended...

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