Western route times to change from 29 May

This week we added a new service to help relieve loading and timing pressure on routes at Whakamarama, Plummers Point and Ōmokoroa.

The next stage of addressing the current traffic delays is a change in start times for all western routes. From Monday 29 May, all routes travelling from the area west of the Wairoa River will commence 15mins earlier. This change includes the following routes: R16, R17, R18, R20, R22, R23, R24 and R25.


New bus route in place from 22 May

From Monday 22 May there will be a new bus route in place on the western side of Tauranga.

The R19 bus will service the lower part of Whakamarama Road, Youngson Road, Old Highway, Barrett Road and Plummers Point Road.

This service will collect students attending Otumoetai College and Intermediate, Tauranga Intermediate, Tauranga Girls’ College and Tauranga Boy’s College. This bus will transfer TIS, TBC and TGC students at Bethlehem.

From Tuesday 23 May, routes 22, 23 and 24 will no longer travel to Plummers Point Road. R16 will be modified to commence at the corner of Whakamarama Road and Youngson Road. Further changes to timetables will be made to improve arrival times at school.

R16, R17 and R18 running late

Due to traffic from Omokoroa to Tauranga these buses will be running late by about 20 minutes

Immediate change for TGC students travelling from Te Puna

We have reorganised the R20/21 and R18 services to improve operating times. Here are the key changes:

  1. In the morning, students will continue to catch the same bus (now known as R20) at the same time. This service travels to Bethlehem where it transfers TGC students to R18.
  2. In the afternoon, students will catch the R18 to Bethlehem, where they will transfer to R20.

This change was due to implemented later this term but, due a communication problem, is already in place. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Teachers’ Strike 11 May 2023 (R24 Cancelled)

A teachers’ strike is planned for 11 May. If this goes ahead, the R24 bus will be cancelled. All other buses will operate, but will not pick up at the closed schools in the afternoon.