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Welcome to the goBay website

Public transport is so important to the local economy and social well being of our region. HBRC plays a key role in planning, procuring, funding and promoting public transport.

goBay bus services in and around Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North, Taradale and Napier are managed by Hawke's Bay Regional Council and operated by GoBus. 

Network improvements in September delivered:
- a faster commuter service linking Napier, Taradale, Hospital and Hastings
- a new service to bring Bay View into the network
- a new Sunday service for Havelock North and Flaxmere, and
- a new service for neighbourhoods in Hastings.

Online Bus Timetable

Please find below a downloadable a PDF version of the timetable.

Bus Timetable PDF

A Guide to using the website

goBay News

Te Matatini Festival buses:

If you would like to find out more about the free bus service for the Te Matatini Festival you can find the details and times here.

Additional service to Bay View:

Great news for those who use the bus for school and live in Bay View - the Bay View bus now has an additional service leaving at 4pm from Napier library on weekdays to allow for school children catching the bus home. This will link in to the Taradale services. Active from Monday 30th Jan. See the timetable here.

General Information

When using the bus ...

  • Please signal the driver.
  • Passengers must wait on the kerb at a bus stop and clearly signal the driver.
  • Passengers are advised to be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is due.
  • Times in bold are actual departure times. All other times are indicative only.

The operator will endeavour to run the service according to the timetable, however routes and times are dependent on traffic flow and may vary.

goBay Smartcards

goBay Smartcards can be purchased from any Go Bus driver for $17 (this includes $10 worth of travel). Cards can be topped up in any amount of $10 or more (cash only, $100 maximum). Refunds cannot be given on lost or damaged cards.

Transfer Fares

Transfer free to any other goBay route (same zone) within 90 minutes of the purchase of original ticket. Remember to hold onto your ticket.

Free transfers do not apply to return journeys.

Wheelchair Access

All buses in the fleet are wheelchair accessible.

Hospital Patients

If you are travelling from anywhere on the goBay network to an appointment at Hawke’s Bay Hospital or Napier Health Centre, you (and a support person) can travel free of charge if you show the driver a valid appointment card/letter dated for the day of travel.

Public Holidays

Services operate on Public Holidays (with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday). The Saturday timetable will operate on Public Holidays, unless the Public Holiday falls on a Sunday, at which time the Sunday timetable will operate.

Weekend Services

Saturday services operate on Routes 12, 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21. Sunday services operate on Routes 12, 20, 21 only.

SuperGold Cards

SuperGold cardholders travel free between 9am and 3pm on weekdays and anytime on weekend/public holiday services.

Easy-read Timetables

If you have difficulty reading this timetable we can supply an easy-read version of your route. Please phone +64 6 835 9200 or email gobay@hbrc.govt.nz

Dogs

Animals are not permitted to travel on the goBay urban transport network. However guide dogs and service dogs (specially trained dogs assisting disabled passengers) are permitted to travel on the bus, free of charge.

Tickets

You must retain your ticket for inspection purposes - if you cannot produce your ticket, you may be required to purchase another ticket. Your ticket must show the correct date, time and fare.

Lost Property

Please contact Go Bus on +64 6 878 9250.

Right of Refusal

The driver has the right to refuse admission or remove passengers whose conduct is offensive. Playing loud music, smoking and the consumption of foodstuffs and alcohol are strictly prohibited.

Bike & Bus with us

Hawke's Bay is becoming the cycling capital of New Zealand. To help cyclists all of the goBay buses are fitted with bike racks, improving the travel options for Hawke's Bay's growing cycling community.

The bike racks can carry up to two bikes at one time and are easy to use. There is no extra cost to take your bike on the bus and it will be insured for a maximum of $2000 while on the rack.

So why not leave the car at home, grab your bike and hop on a bus!

Why go by bus (video)

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