From Sunday 17 June 2018, we've got some changes coming to public and school bus services, including routes and timetables. We’re introducing new Metlink buses and bus transfers at no extra cost when using Snapper.
Transfer between all Metlink buses at no extra cost with Snapper
We know that you’ve been using Snapper since 2008 and can already transfer at no extra cost between some services in the Hutt Valley.
Well, from Sunday 17 June 2018 you'll be able to transfer at no extra cost between all Metlink buses (within 30 minutes of tagging off, the final fare you pay will be based on the number of zones you travel on your entire journey, even if you have to catch more than one bus) anywhere in the Hutt Valley*. You’ll have to use Snapper to pay, not cash.
From Sunday 15 July 2018, your Snapper card will allow you to transfer at no extra cost on all Metlink buses in the Wellington region.
* This new type of transfer using a Snapper card will only be available on Metlink services and excludes Metlink after-midnight services.
There are no other changes to the way you use Snapper and if you’ve already got a Snapper card, you’re sorted. Read more about Snapper for all Metlink buses.
Commercial bus services not operated by Metlink
The following Hutt Valley bus services are not provided by Metlink and you will not be able to use Metlink fares or transfer to and from these services for free:
|Service Number||Service Name|
|90||Stokes Valley Commuter|
|92||Te Marua Commuter|
Please contact NZ bus for information (external link) on these services.
Metlink lime and yellow buses are on their way to Hutt Valley
We won’t be getting all our new buses at once, so please bear with us. If you’re catching a bus, please check the number and destination – rather than the colour of the bus.
Attention all cyclists
We are introducing bike racks on our new Metlink bus fleet and by 2019 all Metlink buses will carry bike racks. Metlink is giving the thumbs up to people choosing this sustainable option. Please note each bus is only able to safely store two bikes per bus, so it’s on a first come, first serve basis. For more information check out our bike racks on buses (external link) .
Changes to Metlink bus services in the Hutt Valley
More buses to help you get around more easily
New Saturday services
From 23 June 2018 these areas will have Saturday services:
|Route number & name||Services|
|Route 114 Trentham||23 new Saturday trips|
|Route 115 Pinehaven||12 new Saturday trips|
|Route 121 Stokes Valley Heights||26 new Saturday trips|
|Route 145 Belmont||24 new Saturday trips|
|Route 154 Korokoro||12 new Saturday trips|
New bus service for Riverstone Terraces
From Monday 18 June 2018, there will be a new weekday service for Riverstone Terraces:
- The new Riverstone Terraces route 113 will have four bus trips into Upper Hutt in the morning and then four return bus trips in the afternoon and evening. The 113 will replace the current 114 'hail and ride' school-time only bus service for this area. Twelve new bus stops have been installed
- Use Route 113 to get to Heretaunga College, with stops nearby on Fergusson Drive.
Minor changes to bus timetables
From Sunday 17 June 2018, we are making minor changes to bus timetables in the Hutt Valley so there are more reliable connections with the new train timetable introduced from Sunday 15 July 2018.
There will also be a minor change to bus N8 after-midnight departure times from Lower Hutt to Courtenay Place.
- Please note, we are updating our timetables at bus stops up to three weeks before they change on Sunday 17 June 2018, so please check the ‘effective from’ date on the timetable.
Please bear with us - When our bus timetables change on Sunday 17 June 2018, the connections between bus and rail services will not be perfect until new rail timetables are introduced from Sunday 15 July 2018. Please check your new bus timetable carefully.
Changes to school buses in the Hutt Valley
Changes to the Metlink school bus routes and timetables in the Hutt Valley
There will be changes to Metlink school bus routes and timetables. Find out more about changes for your school.
Changes to the way you pay for Metlink school buses
Mid-term 2 (from Sunday 17 June 2018) – Changes to 10-trip tickets used on Classic Coach school buses in Wainuiomata and Eastbourne
Snapper will replace 10-trip tickets on Classic Coach school services in Wainuiomata and Eastbourne from 17 June. If you buy a 10-trip ticket before 17 June, you will still be able to use this until 30 June 2018. After this date you will need to get a Snapper card or pay in cash. Find out more about paying for Metlink school buses.
Changes to school term passes
If you use school term passes for travel on Metlink and NZ Bus services, these will continue to be accepted until the end of Term 2, Friday 6 July 2018.
From the start of Term 3, Monday 23 July 2018, school term passes will be discontinued. The alternative for students using Metlink services is to pay using a Snapper card on buses, or use Concession 10-trip tickets and monthly passes on trains. Find out more about paying for Metlink school buses.
We’re on our way now - more changes coming from Sunday 15 July 2018, these include:
- More frequent trains on weekdays between 9am and 3pm, with a train every 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes on the Hutt Valley and Kapiti lines. We are also making small improvements to timetables for peak rail services and bus/rail connections.
- Further region-wide improvements to bus routes and timetables, including a new bus network for Wellington city.
- Simpler, more affordable fares are coming for full time tertiary students, people with disabilities and adults travelling off-peak.
- We haven’t increased fares for over five years, so we will be applying a general 3% increase to all Metlink fares.