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SuperGold Card good on Connector

Seniors with SuperGold Cards will be able to travel for free on the Hawera- New Plymouth Connector bus service during off-peak hours from 30 November onwards.

SuperGold Card. Cardholders using the service between 9am and 3pm will not have to pay a fare if they show their card to the driver.

The Government-administered SuperGold Card is a discounts and concessions card for seniors and veterans, in recognition of their contribution to New Zealand society. It already enables free off-peak travel on Taranaki’s other commuter bus services, Citylink in New Plymouth and Southlink in south and coastal Taranaki.   But there was a moratorium on new services when the Connector service began in 2014.

“There have been a few changes to the scheme and now we’ve won approval to include the Connector, which is fantastic news,” says Chris Clarke, Transport Services Manager for the Taranaki Regional Council, which provides the Connector, Citylink and Southlink services through contracted operators.

“The free trips apply from 30 November and the only requirements are to use the service between 9am and 3pm, and to have your SuperGold Card on you and show it to the driver. Otherwise you’ll have to pay the full fare.”

For information on SuperGold Cards, go to www.supergold.govt.nz. See also the Connector timetable.

Track the Connector in real time

TrackABus.Real-time online and text tracking of the Hawera-New Plymouth Connector is now available through TrackABus.

Hawera-NP Connector.Simply go to www.trackabus.co.nz/taranaki/#SH3 and select the appropriate journey direction. Then click on your bus stop for an update. The website is optimised for desktop, tablet and mobile browsers. 

For text updates, send the code NPY and the bus stop number to 400. Find your bus stop number on the Connector timetable.