Regional Commuter/Tertiary Services

What are the Regional Tertiary/Commuter Services?

They are a one year trial from 03 February to 20 December 2020 providing public transport options for Commuters and Tertiary Students living in Bay of Plenty.


Where do the services go?

There is a daily return service Monday to Friday between the following cities and towns in the Bay of Plenty:

101 Whakatane to Tauranga – (return), including Ōhope, Awakeri, Edgecumbe and Matatā

102 Rotorua to Tauranga  – (return)

103 Katikati to Tauranga - (return) including Te Puna

104 Murupara to Rotorua – (return)

105 Tauranga to Rotorua – (return)


Who can use the service?

Anyone including Tertiary Students, Commuters, Supergold card holders and childen.


What is the cost?

The service is free for Tertiary Students with an appropriate New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) registered tertiary student ID card.

For all other fare information see the individual timetable.  Fares are cash only except for the 103 Katikati to Tauranga service.  Commuters will be able to purchase a 10 trip ticket from the bus drivers.


I don’t have a Student ID?

Talk to your Tertiary provider, and ask them to supply you one.


Can I use my SuperGold card on the services?

Yes, after 9 am.


How come tertiary students travel for free and I can’t?

The services are partly funded by Toi Ohomai Insitute of Technology and The University of Waikato so students can access their courses without being burdened by travel costs.


Where are the campuses for The University of Waikato  and Toi Ohomai Intstitute of Technology that the services go to?

The University of Waikato (Tauranga Campus)

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (Services go to Rotorua and Tauranga campus only)


How do I find out where to get the bus?

Bus stops are listed on the website timetable.  You can also use journey planner or google maps.  Click the bus icon to show bus trip options.  You can also ring 0800 4 229 287  (0800 4 BAYBUS)


Why doesn’t the bus stop on Durham Street near The University of Waikato in Tauranga?

The bus will do this once remedial works to the Durham/Wharf Street intersection are completed.


What happens at the end of the trial?

Extension of the services beyond the trial will be subject to a review by Bay of Plenty Regional Council, The University of Waikato and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.