Bus Information

Face Coverings

School Transport

Face coverings are not required on school transport. This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so. Face coverings are not required on school buses because schools know who is on school transport and have good systems in place to identify potential close contacts.

Public Transport

Students are required to wear masks on public transport if they are aged 12 and over.

Providing face masks/coverings is the responsibility of individuals and caregivers. Any student who is unwell should not travel on a school or public bus.

(Posted: Tuesday 07 September 2021)

City Buses

BusSmart provides dedicated School Buses to and from School within Invercargill City.

Fares are very reasonable and can be topped up by using your “Bee Card” available online from www.beecard.co.nz (there is a small fee for purchasing a Bee Card).

To access maps of the city BusSmart school routes click HERE.

Country Buses

Country buses are funded through the Ministry of Education and are available at no cost to students living in country areas where their closest High School is in Invercargill. Maps of the routes for the different rural areas are listed below.

The Ministry of Education may provide assistance where distance and/or accessibility may be a barrier for students attending the closest school they can enrol at.  Your child might instead/also be eligible for a conveyance allowance to contribute to the cost of transporting them to school. An information sheet regarding eligibility for bus transport and conveyance allowances may be accessed HERE.

It should be noted that these may sometimes be slightly varied to cater for the needs of students in the local area. These variances are negotiated between the Service Contractor, the Schools and the Ministry of Education and are not necessarily indicated on the Core Route maps.

Most of our country buses serve all Invercargill Secondary Schools. Eastern routes meet at Onslow Street near Verdon College and students change to their appropriate school feeder bus whilst Northern and Western routes converge to a changeover point in Queens Drive adjacent to James Hargest Junior Campus.

    • Bluff: This is a dedicated Southland Girls’ High bus
    • Otatara: This is a dedicated Southland Girls’ High bus

Parents of students or prospective students are invited to call Southland Girls’ High School at 03-211-6030 if they have questions regarding bus transport.  Our SGHS Bus Controller is Mr Bill Claridge, bill.claridge@southlandgirls.school.nz

The Contractor for all country buses is GOBus. Please note the maps below are a guideline only.
Please contact GOBus for precise pick-up location and timings as these do vary depending on your location. They will require your rapid number and road/street name when you contact them. 
GOBus Phone: 03 218 2419

Isla Bank Mabel Bush Wallacetown/Spar Bush
Taramoa Morton Mains Myross Bush
Waituna New River Ferry West Plains
Ryal Bush East Ryal Bush West Makarewa
Rimu Gorge Road Dacre
Waituna Tisbury  


Contact details

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