Welcome to Orbus Queenstown

The Otago Regional Council, with support from the Queenstown Lakes District Council and New Zealand Transport Authority, has launched a brand-new bus service for Queenstown, called Orbus. The easiest, most convenient, and most affordable way to get around Queenstown with flat-rate fares for just $2.

The new bus service, provided by Ritchies, has been running since November 20, 2017. Our vision is to provide an efficient, modern and reliable service that becomes part of everyday life for Queenstown locals. Not only is it a more affordable alternative to driving, it also ease traffic troubles and reduces the impact that private transport has on our environment.

Get on board with a 21st century commute

Riders can plan their journey with the NZTA’s real-time Choice app and enjoy free Wi-Fi on the bus. That means more time to catch up on emails, read the news or message your friends.

Save money 

Every bus fare is subsidised and riders avoid increasing petrol and parking costs (rates for all QLDC-owned car parks will double from December 5, 2017).


Suitable timetables and routes

Buses run regularly from 6am until late, seven days a week, and there are four return routes: 

  1. Fernhill to Remarkables Park runs every 15 minutes right through until midnight
  2. Arrowtown to Arthurs Point (via Frankton) runs half-hourly on peak and hourly off-peak, through until 10pm
  3. Kelvin Heights to Frankton Flats runs hourly through until 10pm
  4. Lake Hayes Estate to Jacks Point runs half-hourly on peak and hourly off-peak, through until 10pm

The new service will mean changes from the former Connectabus routes. The provision of routes into the future will be are dependent on patronage and any future changes will be driven by demand.


Just GoCard

Use the smartcard ticket system (GoCard) to pay for your ride and your trip will be just $2. GoCards can be obtained on the bus, at Queenstown Airport or at the O’Connell’s Mall kiosk for $5. The minimum top up for GoCards is $10. GoCards can be topped up anywhere that they’re sold - please note, cash only when topping up on the bus. A new ticketing system will be introduced in 2018.

The service can still be used without a GoCard by paying cash on board, with a cash fare of $5 per trip for an adult and $4 for a child – or for trips that begin or end at the airport $10.


Why "Orbus"?

“Orbus” is a combination of the Otago Region initials “OR” and “bus”, as well as merging the words “orbit” and “bus”. The brand identity, developed by award-winning Dunedin creative director Luke Johnston of BrandAid, is an easily-recognised bright Otago yellow in a simple and distinctive “O”-based shape. The shape references existing public transit visual language, using simple clean elements of circles and lines to communicate stops and routes. We intend to brand our Dunedin bus service as Orbus in 2018.


Care for Queenstown

The new bus service will ease the strain on Queenstown’s roads, reduce pollution and help keep our region pristine.

Bus to fly is best

The buses will run to and from Queenstown Airport regularly throughout the day from 6am until midnight – locals and visitors can plan their route via the real-time Choice app to ensure they reach their flight on time, without having to consider traffic and parking.


Use the bus for work or play

Every bus features free wifi and bike racks, as well as clean and comfortable seats, so riders can sit back and enjoy the scenery, whether on the way to work or weekend activities.

The way of the future

Queenstown’s geography means there’s simply no room for more roads – the new bus service is the first step in a long-term public transport plan.

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