ALL existing bus cards have been replaced with a Bee Card

Tauranga/Eastern Bay of Plenty Smartride Cards



Rotorua Smartride Cards




Multiple Bee Cards attached to one account

One of the great concepts of the Bee Card is you can have multiple Bee Cards attached to one account. This means the whole family, even extended family can be associated to the one account.



You will need to have your SuperGold travel concession loaded on to a registered Bee Card in order to obtain your free Super Gold travel concession. The easiest way to do this is via the Bee Card website.

When you request a card you will be asked for your SuperGold Card number and date of birth. This information will be checked automatically online with the Ministry of Social Development, and when validated the concession applied.

For those SuperGold holders without access to the internet, we will be working with support agencies to help you out. Alternatively, talk to family and see if they can associate your Bee Card to a family account.

Instead of showing your SuperGold card to a bus driver, you’ll use your Bee Card to tag on and tag off the bus using the card readers by the door.

When you tag on with your Bee Card the card reader will recognise that you are a SuperGold customer and continue to  travel free from 9:00 am on weekdays and all day weekends and public holidays.

If you use the bus during peak hours, use your Bee Card to receive the senior concession available in your region.

Don’t forget to tag off as you may be charged a default fare (even if you are travelling within the free period).


School students

School students will need to register their Bee Card to use on the urban bus services – fares will remain free for Tauranga students travelling to and from school, however regular fares will apply outside of these hours.

To see if your Tauranga school bus ride requires a Bee card goto the Tauranga School information page


Order a Bee Card and get it mailed directly to you. This can take up to 10 working days.

If you do not order your card online then, you can get a card in person from the bus driver or at one of our office locations. 


Bay of Plenty Regional Council office at Corner Fenton and Pukaki Streets 


Bay of Plenty Regional Council office at 1 Elizabeth Street


Bay of Plenty Regional Council office at 5 Quay Street 



Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for additional details about the card:

Bee Card FAQs


Or we have a quick How To guide for the most common questions

Bee Card - How to Guide


Register your Bee Card to receive benefits like balance protection, Auto Top Up, and online account management.


Add funds to your Bee Card and set up Auto Top Up.

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