Connector information

BUS SERVICES IN LEVEL 2

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 passengers 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 Pickering 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.

The Connector runs four return trips Monday to Friday between Hāwera and New Plymouth, extending from and to Opunake on the first and last run. Info line: 0800 26 63 28

Connector timetable

Booking is essential - all passengers, all services.

Passengers except hospital patients/visitors can book by using our online booking form calling 0800 26 63 28 or emailing pickering.motorsltd@gmail.com.

Hospital patients/visitors should book (for all services, no matter what time of day) by calling the TDHB - Hāwera 278 9929, Stratford 765 7189 or New Plymouth 753 6139.

WITT students should use our online registration form and, to take advantage of free fares, load their WITT details on to their Bee Card using our online form for concession applications(external link)

The Hāwera-New Plymouth Connector is operated by Pickering Motors Ltd under contract to the Taranaki Regional Council, with funding support from the Taranaki District Health Board and WITT.

Connector fares & Bee Card information

Fares to/from New Plymouth

ADULT
Opunake Hāwera Eltham Stratford Tariki   Inglewood Egmont
Village
Cash

$15 

$12  $10 $9  $7  $5  $5
Bee Card
$12 $9.60 $8 $7.20 $5.60 $4 $4
CHILD and CONCESSION
Opunake Hāwera Eltham Stratford Tariki Inglewood Egmont
Village
Bee Card
$9 $7.20 $6 $5.70 $4.20 $3 $3

Your Bee Card needs to be loaded with your concession fare information to ensure your travel is on the reduced fare. This applies to those on Access fares, SuperGold Card users and WITT students. More information on concessions and Bee Cards(external link)

  • These fares are one-way only
  • Under-5s free when accompanied by an adult. 
  • WITT students and TDHB patients and visitors travel for free - conditions apply and concession must be loaded onto a registered Bee Card.
  • SuperGold Card holders travel for free between 9am and 3pm and after 6.30pm when using a registered Bee Card with concession applied. 
  • Concession fares available for Communities Services Card holders, senior citizens, non-WITT tertiary students, Access card holders when travelling on a registered Bee Card with concession applied. 

Bee Cards

All about Bee Card

Want discounted fares? Want to avoid the hassles of carrying cash? Bee Card ticketing is available on all services.

Bee cards cost $5, plus a minimum top-up of $5. The minimum recharge amount is $5. Cards can be obtained online at www.beecard.co.nz(external link), or from:

  • Opunake — Pickering Motors Ltd, 11 Tennyson St (top-ups also available), or Opunake Library Plus, 43 Tasman St.
  • Hāwera — South Taranaki i-SITE, 55 High St (top-ups also available).
  • Stratford — Stratford i-SITE, Prospero Place (top-ups also available).
  • New Plymouth — Puke Ariki i-SITE, 1 Ariki St (top-ups also available), or Bus Centre, 19 Ariki Street, (Dalroy Tours office), 9.30am-3.30pm Mon-Fri (top-ups also available).

Links and downloads

Get a Bee Card(external link)

Bee Card FAQs

Bee Card how-to guide

Bee Card terms and conditions(external link)

CONCESSION FARES

Cash and Smart Card concession fares are available for children aged 5-16 years, non-WITT tertiary students, senior citizens, beneficiaries and ACCESS card holders

To claim a concession fare you must load your Bee Card with your concession information. 

  • Child & SuperGold Card concessions can be loaded automatically online(external link)
  • For other concessions the passenger will need to visit a customer service point and complete an application form, or apply online(external link)
  • ACCESS card - for people with impairments. Contact Taranaki Disability Information Centre on 06 759 0019.

SUPERGOLD CARD

Holders of SuperGold Cards can travel free on off-peak Connector services (between 9am and 3pm) when using a registered Bee Card with concession loaded.

The SuperGold Card is available to all eligible New Zealanders aged 65 or over and those under this age who receive NZ Superannuation or the Veterans Pension. For more information, go to www.supergold.govt.nz(external link).

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