Planning your Christmas travel

Trains | BusesWairarapa bus services | Harbour ferry

Metlink will run to a holiday timetable between Monday 24 December 2018 and Friday 4 January 2019. This means that some bus, train or harbour ferry services will be running to an alternative or weekend timetable.

Regular weekday services resume on Monday 7 January 2019.

Buses are replacing most trains through to 6 January for essential maintenance work.

Printed Christmas timetables will be available soon.

Download the timetable PDF - 198 KB

New Year's Eve services

There will still be additional hourly services running overnight on New Year’s Eve on the Johnsonville line as trains and on the Kapiti and Hutt Valley lines as buses.

So don’t worry we will get you home after you celebrate the beginning of 2019. 


Trains

As well as running Saturday and Sunday timetables from Monday 24 December until Sunday 6 January (see the table below for details) there will also be a considerable amount of rail maintenance resulting in bus replacement on the lines from Wednesday 26 December until Sunday 6 January.

Please note that this does mean that buses are replacing trains on Thursday 3 January and Friday 4 January on the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa (south of Upper Hutt) and Kapiti lines.

We recommend using the journey planner or calling our Metlink call centre on 0800 801 700 to confirm timings and connections over this period.

If you would like to know more about the maintenance work occurring over this time check out the Maintaining our Railways page.

What does this mean for my line?

Line  

Kapiti & Hutt Valley

From Wednesday 26 December until Sunday 6 January all Kapiti Line and Hutt Valley Line services will be replaced by buses. That means over this period no passenger trains will be running on these lines.

Johnsonville

Trains will still be running on the Johnsonville Line and from Monday 25 December until Sunday 6 January a Saturday or Sunday timetable will be in operation (see the table below for details).

Wairarapa

Services will be replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only from Wednesday 26 December until Sunday 6 January. From Monday 24 December there will also be some additional services running on select days (see the table below for details).

Melling

There will be hourly services between 6am and 6pm on select days from Monday 24 December until Friday 4 January. From Thursday 27 December to Friday 4 January all of these services are replaced by bus.  

Train timetable

DATE KAPITI LINE HUTT VALLEY LINE MELLING LINE JOHNSONVILLE LINE WAIRARAPA LINE
Christmas Eve Monday 24 December Saturday timetable * Saturday timetable * Hourly services 6am-6pm*** Saturday timetable * Weekend timetable ****
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Sunday timetable Sunday timetable No services Sunday timetable No services
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

No services Sunday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable

Thursday 27 December

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable*

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable*

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Hourly services 6am-6pm***

Saturday timetable*

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable****

Friday 28 December

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Hourly services 6am-6pm***

Saturday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable****

Saturday 29 December

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable

No services Saturday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable

Sunday 30 December 

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

No services Sunday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable

New Year's Eve Monday 31 December

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable**

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable**

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Hourly services 6am-6pm***

Saturday timetable**

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable****

New Year's Day Tuesday 1 January

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

No services Sunday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable

Wednesday 2 January 

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

No services Sunday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable

Thursday 3 January

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable*

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable*

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Hourly services 6am-6pm***

Saturday timetable*

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable****

Friday 4 January

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Hourly services 6am-6pm***

Saturday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable****

Saturday 5 January

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Saturday timetable

No services Saturday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable

Sunday 6 January

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

Bus replacing trains across the full line

Sunday timetable

No services Sunday timetable

Wairarapa services replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt only

Weekend timetable

Monday 7 January REGULAR TIMETABLE RESUMES

* No after-midnight rail service running

** Services running hourly from 12am until 6am Tuesday

*** Services are scheduled to depart Wellington at :03 and return from Melling at :34

**** Additional Wairarapa services: departing Masterton at 6.20am, departing Wellington at 5.30pm


Bus timetable

DATE Wellington City & Hutt Valley & Porirua & Kapiti Wairarapa

N1, N2, N3, N4, N5,
N6, N8, N22, N66, N88

    Route 200 Route 204 Routes 201, 202, 203 & 206 No service
Christmas Eve Monday 24 December Weekday timetable  Special timetable*  Special timetable*  Weekday No service
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Sunday timetable  No service  No service  No service No service
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

Sunday timetable

 Sunday  No service  No service No service
Thursday 27 December

Saturday timetable

 Special timetable*  Special timetable*  Weekday No service
Friday 28 December

Saturday timetable

 Special timetable*  Special timetable*  Weekday No service
Saturday 29 December

Saturday timetable

 Saturday timetable  No service  No service Weekend
Sunday 30 December 

Sunday timetable

 Sunday timetable  No service  No service Weekend
New Year's Eve Monday 31 December

Saturday timetable

 Special timetable*  Special timetable*  Weekday No service
New Year's Day Tuesday 1 January

Sunday timetable

 Sunday timetable  No service  No service Weekend
Wednesday 2 January 

Sunday timetable

 Sunday timetable  No service  No service No service
Thursday 3 January

Weekday timetable

 Special timetable*  Special timetable*  Weekday No service
Friday 4 January

Weekday timetable

 Special timetable*  Special timetable*  Weekday No service
Saturday 5 January

Saturday timetable

 Saturday timetable  No service  No service Weekend
Sunday 6 January

Sunday timetable

 Sunday timetable  No service  No service Weekend
Monday 7 January REGULAR TIMETABLE RESUMES

* Special route 200 (includes extra commuter service for Martinborough) and reduced services on route 204

Non-Metlink bus services

Go to the bus service websites for Christmas timetable information:

Wairarapa buses – Special 200 & 204 timetables and Masterton services

Masterton town routes 201, 202, 203 and 206 will operate to the normal weekday timetable on 24, 27, 28 & 31 December 2018 and 3 & 4 January 2019

Route 200 Special timetable – operating 24, 27, 28 & 31 December 2018 and 3 & 4 January 2019

TO FEATHERSTON AND MASTERTON
  STOP AM PM
Martinborough - Kitchener St (near 11) 1800 6:30 7:55 10:40 2:40 4:55  
Featherston Station (bus stop) 1810 6:55 8:15 11:00 3:00 5:15 8:00
Featherston - Fitzherbert St (opp 32) 1811 7:00  8:20 11:05 3:05 5:20 8:05
Greytown - Main St (near 74)  1822 7:15  8:35  11:20 3:20 5:35  8:20 
High St South opp Hilton Road  1830 7:25  8:42  11:27 3:27  5:42   
Carterton - Broadway  1836 7:30  8:45  11:30  3:30  5:45   
Masterton - Queen St  1850 7:50  9:00  11:45  3:45  6:00   
Masterton - Church St  1855 7:55  9:05  11:50   3:50 6:05   
Wairarapa Hospital  1862   9:10  11:55  3:55  6:10   

TO FEATHERSTON AND MARTINBOROUGH
  STOP AM PM
Wairarapa Hospital   1862   10:10 12:30 4:20   7:05
Masterton - Church St   1855   10:15 12:35 4:25   7:10
Masterton - Queen St   1950   10:20 12:40 4:30   7:15
Carterton - Memorial Square  1936   10:35 12:55 4:45   7:30
Greytown - Main St (near 73)   1922 7:55 10:45 1:05 4:55   7:40
Featherston - Fitzherbert St (opp 32)  1911 8:10 11:00 1:20 5:10   7:55
Featherston Station (bus stop)  1810 8:15 11:05 1:25 5:15 6:40 8:00
Martinborough - Kitchener St (near 14)  1900   11:25 1:45 5:35 7:00 8:20

Route 204 Special timetable – operating 24, 27, 28, 31 December 2018 and 3 & 4 January 2019

TO WELLINGTON
  STOP AM 
Wood and Kempton St 4526 6:23
Greytown - Main St (near 73)  1922 6:33
Woodside Station (bus stop) 4500 6:40

 

TO GREYTOWN
  STOP PM   
Woodside Station (bus stop) 4500 6:48
Greytown - Main St (near 74) 1822 6:55
Wood and Kempton St 4526 7:03

In addition to the Route 204 services, Greytown passengers travelling to / from Wellington can use the Route 200 services between Greytown-Main Street and Featherston Station for train connections to / from Wellington.


Harbour ferry timetable

DATE  
Christmas Eve Monday 24 December Weekday timetable
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December No service
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

Weekend timetable

Thursday 27 December

Weekend timetable

Friday 28 December

Weekend timetable

Saturday 29 December

Weekend timetable

Sunday 30 December 

Weekend timetable

New Year's Eve Monday 31 December

Weekend timetable

New Year's Day Tuesday 1 January

Weekend timetable

Wednesday 2 January 

Weekend timetable

Thursday 3 January

Weekend timetable

Friday 4 January

Weekend timetable

Saturday 5 January

Weekend timetable

Sunday 6 January

Weekend timetable

Monday 7 January Regular timetable

 


Metlink Contact Centre 0800 801 700

Wednesday 26 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019: Open between 8am and 8pm (excluding Christmas Day)

Tuesday 25 December 2018: Closed

Outside above hours please refer to our Metlink website journey planner