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Find out about taking dogs, pets and other animals on the bus, train or ferry.


On the train

Disability assist dogs and disability assist dogs in training are allowed to be carried on trains. 

Disability Assist Dog On Train

From Sunday 8 December 2019 to Sunday 10 May 2020 (inclusive): passengers will be allowed to bring leashed and muzzled pet dogs on board trains as part of a trial. Currently passengers are able to bring domestic pets enclosed in suitable carriers on board as part of a trial from 16 June 2019.

Domestic pets must be enclosed in a suitable pet carrier. The carrier must be small enough to be held on the passenger's lap or stored securely under the seat. Pets aren't allowed in the aisles or on seats. 

Pet dogs must be leashed and wearing an approved muzzle that prevents biting. Head halters are not permitted.

Suitable Pet CarriersSuitable Pet CarriersMuzzle
  • Passengers travelling with pets will only be allowed on trains during off-peak hours (9am to 3pm, and after 6:30pm weekdays, all day weekends and public holidays.) 
  • Only tame domestic pets are allowed to travel and only one per person.
  • All pet dogs must be either wearing an approved muzzle and lead, or be travelling in an approved pet carrier.
  • Pet carriers must be small enough to fit under a seat, or on the passenger's lap. Pet strollers must be enclosed, can only travel in the accessible carriage, and must not impede other passengers.
  • Passengers with pets are responsible for their pet and must keep them caged, or leashed and muzzled, and under control on trains and platforms.
  • Passengers with domestic pets are responsible for all pet mess and must ensure that any pet mess is cleaned up before they exit the train and or the platform.
  • Passengers with pets may be asked to wait for the next service if the train is too crowded. 
  • Passengers with pets may be refused entry or asked to leave if the pet is likely to, or is causing a safety risk or nuisance to other passengers.
  • Domestic pets travel free of charge.
  • Domestic pets cannot travel on rail replacement buses.
  • Children younger than 16 years cannot travel with pets alone.

If you are travelling with a pet dog and see a disability assist dog or disability assist dog in training board the train, please ensure your dog does not distract the team. It may be helpful to inform the handler you have a pet on board, to move to the rear of the train carriage, or to change carriages. 


On the bus

Disability assist dogs and disability assist dogs in training are allowed to be carried on buses under the supervision of their care-giver. Other pets are not allowed.

Waiheke Island Buses are the exception to this "no pets" policy, dogs are allowed on board. 


On the ferry

Dogs and small animals in cages can be carried on most ferry services. Charges may apply. Please check with your ferry operator before you travel.


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