Buses and Services

In Tauranga Transit app is available

Transit uses real-time GPS data. The app allows you to:

  • know when your next bus is arriving at a glance
  • see exactly where your bus is in real-time
  • look up future departures and route itineraries;
  • and plan your trip.

Download for iPhone or Android


The app has been available in Tauranga since 2018.  As our knowledge of Transit improves it is intended to roll it out to other regions.

In Tauranga and Rotorua, buses only stop at marked bus stops. When wishing to board the bus please signal as early as you can that you would like the bus to stop for you. When wanting to get off, please give the driver plenty of notice that you would the bus to stop at the next marked bus stop.

Bus services outside of Tauranga and Rotorua operate on a Hail-and-ride system. While waiting for the bus, please raise your arm to indicate that you would like the bus to stop for you. The driver will stop at the nearest safe place.

It helps, as it makes boarding quicker for the driver and journey time shorter for the other passengers. If not, please try and carry smaller amounts of money and avoid large notes. Drivers only carry a small amount of change.

Our buses only allow registered service dogs (with their owners).

You can take a pram on the bus but some buses have limited space for prams. Space is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

All of our buses in Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua have bike racks for you to use, the racks are unable to take the weight of electric bikes. Placing the bike on the rack is the responsibility of the cyclist. Children’s bikes cannot be carried due to the shape of the bike rack and health and safety policies. Bike racks are not available on the Murupara or Potaka service.

Guide on loading a bike on a Tauranga or Te Puke bus bike rack

Guide on loading a bike on a Rotorua bus bike rack


Sorry. For the safety of others, food and drink cannot be consumed on the bus.

Please contact the operator of the service:

For Tauranga and Te Puke -  NZ Bus 0800 200 569

For Katikati and  Omokoroa - Uzabus 07 578 3113

For Rotorua - Ritchies  07 347 0098

For Eastern Bay - Uzabus 07 308 3169

For Waihi Beach Town Connector - ND Kiwi Tours 07 549 2986

Bus timetables are available on each route page, or you can call 0800 4 BAY BUS for help in working out your route. You can also use Journey Planner on most Tauranga and Rotorua routes, which uses Google Transit to plan your trip.

Timetables are reviewed every year or sooner if a significant issue has been identified.

All Bayhopper Tauranga and Cityride Rotorua urban buses are wheelchair accessible with super low floors and ramps.

We love taking groups out on our services but, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee or allocate seating. If you do require certainty, there are many reputable charter bus companies in Tauranga that can easily accommodate large groups.

Bus stops and bus shelters are managed by your local council. 

As long as your student ID is from a NZQA registered education provider (it has an NZQA number) we will accept it. Student discounts vary across the region.

For Cityride Rotorua eke-taone buses and Bayhopper Tauranga buses contact:

John Orfanos,  Direct Sales – Regional North Island,  QMS NZ

D:+64 9 361 0254

M +64 27 3030202




For Bayhopper Eastern Bay buses contact:

Alicia Ahern, Uzabus Marketing Specialist