Hey Karori! New Metlink buses are here
The new Karori bus routes
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Bus frequencies (every x minutes)
*Please note: bus frequencies are indicative only and may change.
|Bus Route 2 - East-West Spine||AM peak||Daytime||PM peak||Evening|
|Saturday & Sunday||15||30|
|Bus Route 18e - Miramar & Karori via Universities||AM peak||Daytime||PM peak||Evening|
|Bus Route 21 - Karori (Wrights Hill)||AM peak||Daytime||PM peak||Evening|
|*10 between Courtenay Place and Victoria University, Kelburn|
|Bus Route 22 - Mairangi||AM peak||Daytime||PM peak||Evening|
|Main route, Wellington Stn-Mairangi||10-20||30*||20||60|
|Johnsonville extension (weekdays only)||1 trip (inbound only)||60|
|Bus Route 33||AM peak||Daytime||PM peak||Evening|
|Weekdays only||20 (inbound only)||20 (outbound only)|
|Bus Route 34||AM peak||Daytime||PM peak||Evening|
|Weekdays only||20 (inbound only)||20 (outbound only)|
|Bus Route 37||AM peak||Daytime||PM peak||Evening|
|Weekdays only||20 (inbound only)||20 (outbound only)||
Want to know more?
Download route maps for more details on the new mid-2018 Wellington city bus network
Some bus stops in Karori have changed
|Bus stop number||Bus stop name||Details|
|4307||Donald Street opposite Firth Terrace||Gone from 15 July. Alt stops on Karori Rd (#4325 or #5325) or Duthie St (#4385 or #5385).|
|5307||Donald Street at Firth Terrace||Gone from 15 July. Alt stops on Karori Rd (#4325 or #5325) or Duthie St (#4385 or #5385).|
|4308||Victoria University - Karori Campus (opposite)||Gone from 15 July. Nearest alternative stops on Karori Road (#4325 or #5325).|
|5308||Victoria University - Karori Campus||Gone from 15 July. Nearest alternative stops on Karori Road (#4325 or #5325).|
What these changes mean for you
High frequency buses to Wellington CBD and beyond
A new high-frequency bus route 2, which replaces the current route 3, serves Karori, linking Karori Road and Glenmore Street to Wellington CBD and along the East-West Spine route to Kilbirnie, Miramar and Seatoun without changing buses.
The trip between Karori and Wellington CBD is similar to the previous route, with higher capacity buses operating route 2 services on weekdays and weekends.
More reliable buses
New bus routes replacing the 3, 3W, 35 and 21 no longer travel via Newtown, avoiding congestion and delays and providing a more reliable service for you.
Peak routes 33 & 34 from Karori West and Karori South start and end at Brandon Street in the city instead of coming from the other side of town. This avoid full buses, congestion and delays and creates a more reliable service.
More peak buses each weekday will mean better connections to the CBD.
Some off-peak journeys involve catching a connecting bus
During the off-peak you need to catch a connecting route 1 or 3 bus to complete your journey to Newtown, but you'll wait no longer than 10 minutes Monday-Friday daytime and pay no extra fare, provided you use the new Snapper card and transfer within a 30 minute window.
More buses for Wrights Hill (Karori east) and better links to Victoria University
New Wrights Hill bus route 21 which replaces the routes 18 and 21, travels via Kelburn serving Victoria University instead of via Glenmore Street. Bus route 21 travels through to Courtenay Place via Ghuznee Street.
There are more services in the evening and new weekend bus services.
Peak services to universities and the Hospital
Bus route 18e replaces the current route 18 and gets you directly to Newtown from Karori via Victoria University (Kelburn campus), Massey University, Wellington High School, Wellington Hospital, Newtown and Kilbirnie.
Bus route 18e runs every 20 minutes during morning and afternoon peak times.
Bus route 22
This route replaces the routes 22 and 47 and runs between Wellington Station and Mairangi, providing a weekday high-frequency service to/from Victoria University. From Karori Tunnel bus route 22 travels to and from Wellington Station via Victoria University and The Terrace.
Bus route 37
This route replaces the current routes 17 and 21. At peak times new bus route 37 travel through Wrights Hill via Kelburn, serving Victoria University before travelling to Brandon Street via The Terrace.
Find out more about Snapper and fares... and our new buses
Snapper is the better way to pay on Metlink buses
If you have a Snapper card you can use it on Metlink buses anywhere in the Wellington region from Sunday 15 July 2018. You can still pay cash or use your SuperGold card. Snapper is convenient and cheaper – you’ll pay at least 25% more using cash. More about Snapper
Use Snapper to transfer between Metlink buses at no extra cost
If you use Snapper, you can transfer at no cost between all Metlink buses anywhere in the Wellington region (if you tag back on within 30 minutes of tagging off). The final fare you pay will be the same as if you had caught a single bus for the entire journey. Remember, this feature only applies if you use Snapper to pay, not cash. More about Snapper
Simpler and fairer fares
A general 3% fare increase and new discounts for adult off-peak travel, full-time tertiary students, people with disabilities and children. Enjoy the new adult off-peak travel discount of 25%, only with Snapper, not cash. Check your new fares and plan your journey on our essential Journey Planner. More about fares
A new generation of planet-friendly buses
Metlink lemon and lime buses are also on their way, but not all at once. Please check the number and destination of your bus rather than the colour. More about new Metlink buses