NZ Bus

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NZ Bus, formerly Stagecoach New Zealand, is New Zealand's largest bus company, operating in Auckland, Wellington and Whangarei, with a fleet of around 1,000 vehicles. It owned 96% of Fullers Ferries in Auckland but has sold this shareholding. It is owned by Infratil.


Stagecoach New Zealand was part of the British Stagecoach Group, and began operation in 1992 by purchasing Wellington City Transport, the largest bus operator in Wellington, from Wellington City Council. WCT had recently purchased the Auckland, Hutt Valley and north Wellington suburban bus operations of New Zealand Railways Road Services, then branded CityLine.

Stagecoach greatly expanded its Auckland operations in 1998 by purchasing Transportation Auckland Corporation (trading as The Yellow Bus Company) from the Auckland Regional Council.

Infratil bought the firm from Stagecoach in November 2005. The Stagecoach Group agreed to let Infratil use the name and livery for five years from the sale.

In January 2008 the company brought Whangarei school and charter business Adams Travelines, which has since won the tender to provide the urban bus service for Whangarei as Citylink Whangarei, using super low floor buses.

Company rebranding

Smart Card Ticketing

On 20 April 2008 NZ Bus confirmed that it would start using a new ticketing system to make bus travel quicker, easier and simpler for passengers in Wellington. The new system is called Snapper, and is based on RFID technology embedded in cards or...
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