Bus news & updates

Service announcements, updates and interesting yarns from our region-wide public transport network.


All Connector, Citylink and Soutlink services are operating under Level 2, with schools services resuming from Thursday 9 September.

  • Face coverings are compulsory on all general services and are strongly recommended students over 12 on school services. Masks will be available on all buses for those without them.
  • Please use the Bee Card on Connector and Citylink services. Cash will be accepted but Bee Card is the preferred payment method.
  • Scan the QR code on each bus you use. The codes are unique to each route.
  • No standing allowed on New Plymouth Citylink urban services (Routes 1-11, Route 20). You can sit next to someone who is not in your bubble but when all seats a filled, no more passengrs will be picked up.
  • All Connector passengers MUST pre-book, regardless of when they are using the service. Go to our online booking tool  or call Pickering Motors on 0800 22 11 20. Hospital patients or visitors should continue to book through TDHB. All seats can be used, but with physical distancing where possible.
  • All Southlink passengers MUST pre-book, regardless of which service. For services from/to Ōpunake, call Picking Motors on 0800 22 11 20. For services from/to Waverley/Pātea, call Weir Bros on 06 278 5252. All seats can be used, but with physical distancing where possible.

All buses are cleaned regularly following Ministry of Health guidance. Drivers are required to wear face coveringss unless they have a medical exemption. Please be kind and follow the requests of the drivers at all times.

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Morning buses to run straight to hospital

Citylink ServiceAlert

Mon 10 May 2021

Direct weekday morning bus services between the New Plymouth CBD and Taranaki Base Hospital will be introduced under timetable and route changes for Citylink Route 3 from Monday 17 May.

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Extra buses to run as Christmas shopping ramps up

Let's go on the bus

Mon 30 Nov 2020

Extra Saturday bus services are on the way to eliminate traffic and parking hassles for families caught up in the Christmas shopping rush.

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Free buses add to Christmas spirit on parade day

Let's go on the bus

Mon 23 Nov 2020

Free bus services on Saturday (28 November) will allow families to get to New Plymouth’s Christmas parade minus traffic and parking hassles.

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Temporary timetable change - Citylink Route 9

Citylink ServiceAlert

Wed 18 Nov 2020

There will be no 4.20pm services on Route 9 (Fitzroy/The Valley/Glen Avon) on 18, 19 or 20 November 2020.

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Public transport consultation - don't miss the bus

Draft Regional Public Transport Plan for Taranaki

Mon 31 Aug 2020

Taranaki people have an opportunity to air their views on public transport ahead of the first major review of the region’s bus services in 10 years.

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Bee Cards will have Taranaki buses buzzing

Bee Card - Get Yours Today

Mon 24 Aug 2020

A new ‘tag on, tag off’ card-based ticketing system is on its way for Taranaki’s Citylink and Connector bus services, and passengers can act now to ensure they reap all its advantages.

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Alert Level 2 information for bus passengers

Unite against COVID-19

Wed 12 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 information for Citylink, Connector and Southlink passengers:

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Attention Essential Services Workers

Citylink ServiceAlert

Wed 25 Mar 2020

If you are an essential services worker needing to use Citylink services we want to provide you with a service that meets your needs as best as possible.

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