Proposed changes to: Wakatipu Public Transport Network

We want to introduce changes to the bus service that will make public transport a great option for getting you around in the Wakatipu Basin.


  • Improved network
  • Consistent frequency
  • Lower fares
  • Subsidised services


  • Service proposed to begin: September - October 2017


Route Map

Proposed Routes

Fare table

Public transport state of play 

  • Public transport services currently operate without any public subsidy
  • The current network can be difficult and inconvenient to access because:
    • It has a lot of variation in routes
    • It has indirect routes (via multiple hotels)
    • the current timetable is inconsistent
  • key areas like Kelvin Heights, Lake Hayes and Arrowtown are irregularly serviced
  • Bus fares are also considered expensive
  • Fewer than 2% of residents travel to work by bus

What you’ve told us

We surveyed residents area-wide. You told us that you were keen to use the bus – but only if it was more cost-effective, reliable and convenient.

All aboard for a well-connected Queenstown

We’re working together with the Transport Agency, Queenstown Lakes District Council and Queenstown Airport on wider plan geared towards addressing transport issues in the Wakatipu Basin. The proposed changes to the bus service are just one part of it.

With a growing population and a constant flow of visitors, getting around in the Wakatipu Basin has been getting harder in recent years. The unique geography of the area means that building new roads isn’t the answer.

Keeping everyone moving is going to take a change of approach for everyone – and a reduced reliance on private cars. Public transport is a big part of this picture.

Other proposed changes that can support this include changes to parking in the Queenstown town centre and ‘bus priority’ measures that will help buses get where they’re going without delayes. Bus lanes and intersections that give turning priority to buses are under consideration.

How are we going to pay for the proposed changes to public transport?

The implementation of these changes within the planned timeframe is reliant on being able to secure funding from Otago Regional Council rates, Queenstown Lakes District Council rates, and subsidy from the Transport Agency, as well as reaching an agreement with the operator.

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