SuperGold card

Government initiative for over 65s

New Zealand SuperGold is a government initiative for over 65s. Under 65s may also be eligible for a SuperGold Card or a Veteran’s SuperGold Card. You may be eligible if you are the partner of someone receiving NZ Super or the Veteran’s pension.

To find out if you are eligible for a SuperGold card or Veteran’s SuperGold card, to apply for a SuperGold card, or to get a replacement card, please visit the SuperGold website.

Find out more about SuperGold(external link)

Free off-peak fares with SuperGold

Weekdays 9.00am - 3.00pm and after 6.30pm

Weekends and public holidays

SuperGold Card and Veteran SuperGold card holders travel for free by starting a trip on a service scheduled at your departure stop at an off-peak time, by showing their card to the driver or on-board staff. SuperGold cardholders also travel for free on all after-midnight bus services. Please be aware that when using a SuperGold card or Veteran’s SuperGold card to access free off-peak public transport, you may be asked to show another form of ID to confirm ownership of the card.


  • Free SuperGold travel does not apply during during peak hours, so you will need to pay the regular adult fare. We recommend Snapper for bus or 10-trip train tickets for rail when travelling during peak hours.
  • If you have lost your card or do not have your SuperGold card with you, you will have to pay the regular adult fare, even if you are over the age of 65.
  • GoldCard travel applies only to the cardholder. Travel companions, including carers and children require a paid fare.
  • Overseas equivalents of SuperGold are not eligible for free off-peak fares.

Transferring to peak buses in Wellington City

If you start your journey on a Metlink bus in off-peak (before 3pm) with your SuperGold card, and need to transfer to another Metlink bus in the afternoon peak (after 3pm), you will be able to continue your off-peak journey for free if you transfer to a second Metlink bus between 3pm and 3.30pm in Wellington city only. All you need to do is tell the driver that you have transferred from a previous off-peak service, and get on. 

These SuperGold transfer provisions are only valid for an interim period until notified. They only apply to Metlink bus services in Wellington city and do not apply on Metlink trains or ferries, non Metlink services (such as the 91 Airport Flyer), or Metlink bus services outside Wellington city.  

Non-Metlink services

Currently, the Cable Car(external link) offers free off-peak travel to SuperGold cardholders, although we cannot guarantee this information, as it is a non-Metlink service. We recommend visiting their website for the most current information.

Last published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12:18 PM