Bus stations in New Zealand

Northern Busway, North Shore City, Auckland NZ Passengers board a "Northern Express" service operated for MAXX by Ritchies Coachlines.
Answering the question "Where is the bus-station?" is complicated in New Zealand.

Many places don't actually a specific bus-station, there is just a bus stop on the roadside, which is used by all the bus companies that stop in the the town..

In the larger cities, there is usually one or more bus-exchange or similar.   And it may be where all buses operate from - but sometimes long-distance coaches and InterCity buses may have a different office location again.

In smaller cities and towns, there might be a bus-station attached to the railway station. Or the i-SITE tourist information office may function as a bus station, sellng tickets for all the long-distances buses and with a bus-stop outside which is used by regional and long-distance buses. Or there might just be one bus-stop which is the central point for these buses, with no office or passenger facilities. The latter approach is common if a company other than InterCity is the main bus-company in the area.

And lots of locations have a bus-depot or bus-garage. Usually this is a place where buses park overnight or are dispatched from, not a people can catch the bus - although there is sometimes regular bus-stop right out side the door.

The following list of main town and cities, sorted roughly from top to bottom of the country shows the bus-station location in each pace. Don't assume that all buses stop at this place though - always check with your bus company which stop they used..

List of New Zealand bus-station addresses

Kaitaia Corner South Rd and Matthews Ave - Behind Te Ahu Centre
Kaikohe Kaikohe Bus Company 4 Mangakahia Rd
Whangarei Intercity buses: Northland Coach & Travel Centre, 3C Bank St, Whangarei

City buses: Rose Street Bus Terminus
Auckland Auckland central and south:
  • Britomart Transport Centre
  • Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland
  • Manukau: Leyton Way Outside foodcourt
  • Papakura: 2 - 10 Railway St West, Opposite Countdown, Papakura
Northern Busway stations:
  • Albany - Elliott Rose Ave: west of the motorway at the Oteha Valley Rd interchange.
  • Constellation - east of the motorway at Constellation Drive.
  • Sunnynook - north of Sunnynook Rd, on the eastern side of the motorway.
  • Smales Farm - east side of the motorway, by Smales Farm Technology Office Park.
  • Akoranga - east side of the motorway, just north of Esmonde Rd interchange.
Hamilton Hamilton Transport centre, 373 Anglesea St (corner Bryce St and Anglesea S)
Taumarunui Outside the Railway Station / i-SITE, 116 Hakiaha St
Thames iSite Visitor Information Centre 200 Mary Street
Tauranga Wharf St - Outside library and i-SITE
Rotorua Tourism Rotorua, 1167 Fenton St
Whakatane Outside Whakatane i-SITE, Quay St
Gisborne Intercity: Outside Gisborne i-SITE, 209 Grey St
Local buses: Bright St.
Wairoa Outside Wairoa i-SITE, 54a Queen St
New Plymouth Bus Centre, 19 Ariki St, New Plymouth
Taupo i-SITE 30 Tongariro Street
Napier 12 Carlyle Street, Napier
Hastings Bus Shelter opposite Subway, 117 Russell St
Palmerston North Next to the i-SITE inside The Square carpark, Bays 1 through 5
Wanganui Travel Centre 156 Ridgway St
Masterton Tranzit Depot, 316 Queen St, Masterton
Porirua Platform 1, Railway Station, Station Rd (off Lyttleton Ave)
Lower Hutt Waterloo Interchange, Cambridge Tce/Trafalgar Square and Oxford Tce. (Many buses run via Queensgate, 13 Bunny St and this is a major stop)
Upper Hutt Railway Staton, Station Cresent (off Fergusson Dr, near Princes St)
Wellington Long-distance buses: Railway Station, Platform 9
City buses: 3-21 Lambton Quay
Picton Auckland Street - and Outside Main Entrance of Interislander Ferry Terminal
Nelson Travel Centre, 27 Bridge Street
Motueka Motueka Information Cente i-SITE, 20 Wallace St
Takaka Information Centre, SH 60
Westport Outside Westport i-SITE,123 Palmerston Street
Greymouth Greymouth Railway Station, 164 MacKay St
Hokitika Hokitika Travel Centre and Kiwi house, 64 Tancred St
Kaikoura North Bound - Outside The Fish Tank Lodge, 86 West End,
South Bound - 1 of 3 Bus Stops by Public Carpark between Public toilets and i-Site on West End
Christchurch Bus Interchange / Whakawhitinga Pahi:   Corner of Colombo and Lichfield Streets, access also from Tuam St. Includes a Regional Platform where city and long distance buses connect.

All Newmans Coach Lines buses (to Tekapo/Queenstown): Rolleston Avenue, outside the Canterbury Museum (nearest intersection Worcester Boulevard).
Ashburton Adjacent to the i-SITE Visitor Centre, East St
Timaru Travel Centre Railway Station, 1 Station St
Oamaru Bus Stop outside Public Toilets, Eden St
Dunedin Ritchies Intercity Travel 7 Halsey Street near the corner of Sturdee Street.
Queenstown 7 Athol St, Queenstown
Invercargill Gala St, outside the museum and iSite Invercargill Information Centre
Gore Outside Visitor Centre 16 Hokonui Dr