Who Are We?

Who We Are

NZ Bus is New Zealand’s largest urban public transport business and operator of urban bus services, built on a 25-year track record as a successful bus operator

NZ Bus is an industry leader in its operations with a highly experienced management team, long term contracts with sustainable operating margins, best-in-class IT systems and innovative cost management solutions. Together, this makes NZ Bus one of the most successful bus operators in New Zealand.

The company’s history traces back to 1992, when Stagecoach purchased Wellington City Transport, but the public transport services have been operating for around 100 years since the introduction of trams in the early 20th century.

History of NZ Bus

History of NZ Bus

Wellington City Transport had recently purchased the Auckland, Hutt Valley and northern Wellington suburban bus operations from New Zealand Railways Road Services, then branded CityLine. The purchase of Wellington City Transport by Stagecoach formed part of the deregulation of New Zealand’s public transport system that began in 1991. As part of the deregulation, NZ Rail and a number of municipal operations were privatised. The Transit New Zealand Act was also introduced which required that all publicly funded passenger transport services were to be tendered, in an attempt to introduce competition to drive value for money from New Zealand’s public transport system.

Over the following decade, Stagecoach grew its service footprint via complementary acquisitions, expansion into new regions and consistent success in tender processes and Government contract negotiations. In 1993 and 1994, Stagecoach acquired Eastbourne Buses and Runcimans Motors, increasing its operating footprint in Auckland. Stagecoach further expanded its Auckland operations in 1998 by purchasing Transportation Auckland Corporation (trading as The Yellow Bus Company) from the Auckland Regional Council.

In November 2005, the New Zealand public transport interests of Stagecoach were purchased by Infratil and rebranded to NZ Bus in 2006.

In January 2008, the company bought Whangarei school and charter business Adams Travelines (later rebranded as NorthBus), which won the tender to provide the urban bus service for Whangarei. In May 2013, NZ Bus sold NorthBus to Ritchies Transport.

In 2012, the New Zealand Government announced the introduction of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM). In 2017, NZ Bus completed its negotiations and tenders to secure 20 long term unit contracts (average 8 years) in Auckland and in January 2018 completed negotiations to secure five long term unit contracts (average 11 years) in Wellington. These contracts represent total whole-of-life revenue of over NZ$997 million in Auckland and approximately $323 million in Wellington.

In 2019, NZ Bus was acquired by Next Capital.