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Cityride improvements begin Monday

Friday, 17 July 2015 1:00 p.m.

Cityride Rotorua passengers are reminded to pick up a new timetable or check the Baybus website before they travel on Monday, with improvements to the network set to launch.

From Monday 20 July buses will travel on an inner city loop, with stops in Arawa, Amohia and Fenton Streets and at the Rotorua Central mall. Buses will no longer use the current stops at Pukuatua Street.

In addition, Route 2 is being split into two routes, providing easier options for passengers travelling to and from the CBD to Waiariki Institute of Technology, while minor changes are being made to other routes.

Passengers are encouraged to pick up a new timetable before the service starts. The timetables include an updated fare structure which will operate from Monday August 3.

To find out more about the changes, ask your driver for an updated bus timetable, visit or call 0800 4 BAY BUS (0800 422 928).

Key information

  • Route and timetable improvements on the Cityride network will be launched on Monday 20 July
  • All buses will travel along a central city loop which includes Fenton, Arawa and Amohia streets and Rotorua Central mall.
  • Route 1 (Ngongotahā): to operate via Rotorua Hospital instead of Ranolf Street
  • Route 2 (Polytech): To be split into two separate half hourly services (Route 11 and Route 12), one operating to the Polytechnic via Fenton Street and one operating via Ranolf Street
  • Route 6 (Koutu): to include an additional one-way loop serving Kawaha Point
  • Route 9 (Springfield): to operate as a large one-way loop by omitting the current end of route loop via Jackson Street and Nikau Street and continuing along Otonga Road and Old Taupō Road to rejoin the existing route north of Hillcrest Avenue
  • Route 10 (Airport): to operate along Vaughn Road instead of Te Ngae Road on the trip out to the Airport

Innercity circuit

New Cityride route


An updated fare structure will operate from Monday 3 August. New fares are as follows:

  Until 2 August  From 3 August
Standard one way cash fare  $2.50 $2.60
Smartride Card standard one way fare  $1.75 $1.84
Children under 5 Free Free

NZ Supergold Card (Off-peak hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm;
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)

Free Free
Daysaver Travel on any Cityride routes (valid 24 hours after issue) $7.80 $8.20

 Who is responsible for public transport?

Public transport services (routes and fares) are managed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Bus companies are responsible for operating bus services under contract to the regional council.

Public transport infrastructure (bus stops and shelters) is managed by Rotorua Lakes Council (local roads) or the NZ Transport Agency (state highways).

New Cityride route