School bus routes FAQ

All students travelling on Tauranga dedicated school or Tauranga Urban Bayhopper bus routes can travel for free before 9am and between 2.30 and 6.30pm. Except For Route 80 (Katikati Express), 81 (Omokoroa) and 221 (Te Puke)

This is a one year trial and applies to school days only.

Students must have their student Id and/or be in school uniform.

There have been significant changes to school routes.  Please look for route details here.

 

Students should wait at the named bus stop around 5 minutes before the time shown on the bus timetable and signal the driver when they see the bus coming. Please stay well clear of the road when you do this.  

Each route has specific stops, with timings given for key stops. The timetables with the stop locations are here.

 

Items found on the buses will be held by the bus companies for a set amount of time. Please also check with the school to make sure it hasn't been handed in there. Please contact the relevant bus company to check whether items have been found.

The journey children take to get to school is a shared responsibility between parents, the bus company, the school, Regional Council, and the child. The bus company is responsible for providing a safe bus and a qualified bus driver. Schools will follow up on reports of disruptive behaviour or vandalism. Parents need to make sure that their child is capable of travelling on a school bus and managing transfers between buses without assistance.

By law a Loading Certificate must be displayed on the front windscreen of the bus, which details the number of primary and secondary students it can carry. Bus companies can receive a fine for exceeding their loading limit, so although a bus may look overcrowded, it is rare for a bus to be overloaded. If you are concerned about the loading on a particular bus, please note the registration number and use the contact form on this website to let us know.

Some rural routes continue to be Ministry of Education funded and other routes are funded by schools and users. For Ministry of Education rural routes and SESTA routes, please contact your school.

If you would like to suggest a change, please let us know by calling us on 0800 4 BAY BUS or emailing school.transport@boprc.govt.nz and we will take a look into the suggestion. You can also use the online feedback form.

 

If the bad behaviour is serious (is a major distraction to the driver or puts other passengers at risk), the student may be stood down from the bus for a period of time. For less serious behaviours, a student may receive a warning or be asked to sign a behaviour contract.

No, these services are for school students only.

NZ Bus operate the majority of school bus routes. 

Bethlehem Coachlines

  • Operate the school bus routes that service Aquinas College as well as routes 806a, 806b, 806c, (The Lakes) and 808a (Cameron Road/Cambridge Road) that service Tauranga Boys' College, Tauranga Girls' College, Tauranga Intermediate and St Mary's.
  • If you have left an item on one of their bus please contact 07 571 0360 or email info@coachlines.co.nz 

 

SCHOOL BUS PLAN - LEVEL 2 (From 25 May)

Route # Name Schools Served MORNING AFTERNOON
701a Mt Maunganui/Bayfair Estate Aquinas College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
701b Bayfair/Maungatapu Aquinas College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
702 Otumoetai/Matua Aquinas College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
703 Bethlehem Aquinas College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
704a Welcome Bay Aquinas College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
704b Ohauiti/Windermere Aquinas College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
710a Papamoa East Mount College Capacity is limited to 20
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one
Capacity is limited to 20
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one
710b Papamoa East Mt Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
711a Te Okuroa Drive Mount College Capacity is limited to 20 FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
711b Te Okuroa Drive Mt Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
712a Palm Springs/Golden Sands Mount College Capacity is limited to 20
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one
FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one
712b Palm Springs/Golden Sands Mt Intermediate Capacity is limited to 20 Capacity is limited to 20
713a Domain Road (operated by NZ Bus) Mount College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
713a Domain Road (operated by Bethlehem Coachlines) Mount College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
713b Domain Road Mt Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
This bus will do one trip and then return to school to collect any remaining students.
714 Pāpāmoa Pāpāmoa College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
714b Pāpāmoa Pāpāmoa College n/a FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
720 Welcome Bay Mount Maunganui College + Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
801a Maungatapu, Windermere Tauranga Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
801b Maungatapu, Ohauiti Tauranga Primary, St Mary's FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
802a Ohauiti Tauranga Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED ON BOTH BUSES FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED ON ONE BUS; THE OTHER BUS IS LIMITED TO A FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
802b Ohauiti Tauranga Girls' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED Capacity is limited to 20
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one.
803a Welcome Bay  Tauranga Boys' College, St Mary's FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
803b Welcome Bay  Tauranga Intermediate, Tauranga Girls' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one.
FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one.
804a Welcome Bay  Tauranga Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED ON BOTH BUSES FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED ON ONE BUS; THE OTHER BUS IS LIMITED TO 20 PASSENGERS ONLY
804b Welcome Bay  Tauranga Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED Capacity is limited to 20
805 Maungatapu Tauranga Boys' College, Tauranga Girls' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
806a The Lakes Tauranga Boys' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
806b The Lakes Tauranga Girls' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
806c The Lakes Tauranga Intermediate, St Mary's FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
807 Freeburn Road Tga Int, TBC, TGC, St Mary's FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
808a Cambridge Road Aquinas College, Tga Boys', Tga Girls', Tga Int FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
808b Avenues Aquinas College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
810a Mt Maunganui Bethlehem College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
810b Mt Maunganui Bethlehem College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
811a Welcome Bay Bethlehem College Capacity is limited to 20 FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
811b Welcome Bay Bethlehem College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
812 Maungatapu, Ohauiti Bethlehem College Capacity is limited to 20 FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
813 Pyes Pa, Cambridge Road Bethlehem College Capacity is limited to 20
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one.
Capacity is limited to 20
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one.
814a Pillans Point Bethlehem College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
814b Otumoetai/Bethlehem Bethlehem College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
815 Matua Bethlehem College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
816 Cameron Road/Bethlehem Bethlehem College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
901a Welcome Bay (TGC), Ohauiti (MS) Tauranga Girls' College, Maungatapu School Capacity is limited to 20 Capacity is limited to 20
901b Welcome Bay Tauranga Girls' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one.
FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
There will be a second vehicle on this route which will shadow the first one.
902a Welcome Bay Tauranga Boys' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED LOAD ONLY
902b Welcome Bay Tauranga Boys' College Capacity is limited to 20

FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
903a Pyes Pa Tauranga Boys' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
903b Pyes Pa Tauranga Boys' College, Tauranga Girls' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
903c Pyes Pa Tauranga Girls' College FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED Capacity is limited to 20
903d Pyes Pa Tauranga Intermediate/ St Marys FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
904a Welcome Bay Otumoetai College/Otumoetai Intermediate Capacity is limited to 20 FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
904b Ohauiti/Cheyne Rd Otumoetai College/Otumoetai Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
905a Bethlehem, Otumoetai Otumoetai Col/Int, St Marys FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
905b Bethlehem Otumoetai College/Otumoetai Intermediate FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED
906 The Lakes, Pyes Pa Greerton Village School/Greenpark School FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED FULL SEATED AND STANDING LOAD PERMITTED