Travelling with animals
In general pets are not permitted to travel on public transport. This is outlined in the conditions of carriage for the service you want to travel on. However, disability assist dogs are allowed to travel on all public transport.
Disability assist dogs
Under the Dog Control Act 1996 disability assist dogs are allowed to travel on all public transport.
A disability assist dog is a dog certified by a recognised organisation as a dog trained or being trained to assist a person with a disability. Recognised organisations include:
- Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand
- Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust
- New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust
- Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
- Top Dog Companion Trust
- Assistance Dogs New Zealand
- Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust
If you are travelling with a disability assist dog you should be able to provide an identification card from one of these recognised organisations if the bus or train staff request it.