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Bus, train and ferry Christmas holiday timetables Bus, train and ferry Christmas holiday timetables

From 24 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, most public transport services will be operating to a Christmas/New Year holiday timetable. Use the Journey Planner to plan your trip before you travel.

Trains are operating on all lines on Christmas Day and Boxing Day to a Sunday timetable. Buses will replace trains on the Southern, Onehunga and Western Lines from Thursday 27 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019. Trains will continue to operate on the Eastern Line over the holiday period.

Some additional Night Bus, Northern Express and Train/Rail Bus services will be operating on New Year's Eve.

Bus

To check which bus operator you travel with, please use the Journey Planner.

AT Metro buses

Date Timetable
Monday 24 December 2018 (Christmas Eve) Saturday timetable, excluding Night Buses*
Tuesday 25 December 2018 (Christmas Day) Sunday timetable
Wednesday 26 December 2018 (Boxing Day) Sunday timetable
Thursday 27 December 2018 Saturday timetable, excluding Night Buses*
Friday 28 December 2018 Saturday timetable, including Night Buses
Saturday 29 December 2018 Saturday timetable, including Night Buses
Sunday 30 December 2018 Sunday timetable
Monday 31 December 2018 (New Year's Eve) Saturday timetable, including Night Buses. Additional trips will operate on some routes as listed below.
Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year's Day) Sunday timetable
Wednesday 2 January 2019 (Public Holiday) Sunday timetable
Thursday 3 January 2019 Saturday timetable, excluding Night Buses*
Friday 4 January 2019 Saturday timetable, including Night Buses
Saturday 5 January 2019 Saturday timetable, including Night Buses
Sunday 6 January 2019 Sunday timetable

* Night Buses with a first stop departure time before 1.00am will still be operating on 24, 27 December and 3 January.

The following trips will operate on New Year's Eve in addition to the normal Saturday timetable.

Route Number Description Departure Time
18 City Centre to Henderson via Great North Road 12.30am, 1.30am
22R City Centre to Rosebank Rd via New North Road 1.10am, 2.10am
24B City Centre to Blockhouse Bay and New Lynn via Sandringham Road 12.35am, 1.35am
25L City Centre to Lynfield via Dominion Road 12.30am, 1.30am
27H Britomart to Waikowhai via Mount Eden Road 12.30am, 1.30am
30 City Centre to Onehunga via Manukau Road 12.30am, 1.30am
70H Britomart to Howick and Botany via Ellerslie 12.35am, 1.35am
75 Wynyard Quarter to Glen Innes via Remuera Road 12.30am, 1.30am
82 City Centre to Browns Bay via Takapuna and Milford 12.30am, 1.30am
133 City Centre to Henderson via Te Atatu Road 12.30am, 1.30am
814 Devonport to Akoranga Station via Takapuna 12.45am
941 Smales Farm Station to Beach Haven and Takapuna 12.55am
942 Takapuna to Beach Haven and Smales Farm Station 12.45am
N10 City to Otara via Manukau Road, Onehunga and Mangere 12.25am, 2.25am
N11 City to Papakura via Great South Road 12.25am, 2.25am
TamakiLink Britomart to Glen Innes via Tamaki Drive and St Heliers 12.30am, 1.30am

Northern Express (NX1)

Date Timetable
Monday 24 December 2018 (Christmas Eve) Saturday timetable with additional services from and to the Hibiscus Coast as per below  - last departure from Albany and Britomart 12.30am
Tuesday 25 December 2018 (Christmas Day) Sunday timetable
Wednesday 26 December 2018 (Boxing Day) Sunday timetable
Thursday 27 December 2018 Saturday timetable with additional services from and to the Hibiscus Coast as per below  - last departure from Albany and Britomart 12.30am
Friday 28 December 2018 Saturday timetable including Night Buses with additional services from and to the Hibiscus Coast as per below
Saturday 29 December 2018 Saturday timetable, including Night Buses
Sunday 30 December 2018 Sunday timetable
Monday 31 December 2018 (New Year's Eve)

Saturday timetable including additional Night Buses and services from and to the Hibiscus Coast as per below.

NX1 will depart Britomart to Albany Station every 15 minutes between midnight and 3.00am.

Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year's Day) Sunday timetable
Wednesday 2 January 2019 (Public Holiday) Sunday timetable
Thursday 3 January 2019 Saturday timetable with additional services from and to the Hibiscus Coast as per below  - last departure from Albany and Britomart 12.30am
Friday 4 January 2019 Saturday timetable including Night Buses with additional services from and to the Hibiscus Coast as per below

In addition to the normal Saturday timetable extra NX1 services will operate between Hibiscus Coast Station and
Britomart during peak hours on 24, 27, 28 and 31 December 2018 and 3, 4 January 2019.

Route Departure Time
Hibiscus Coast Station to Britomart 6.35am to 9.35am every 10 minutes 
Britomart to Hibiscus Coast Station 3.15pm to 6.15pm every 10 minutes

Waiheke Bus Company

Date Timetable
Monday 24 December 2018 (Christmas Eve) Monday to Friday timetable
Tuesday 25 December 2018 (Christmas Day) Sunday timetable
Wednesday 26 December 2018 (Boxing Day) Sunday timetable
Thursday 27 December 2018 Monday to Friday timetable
Friday 28 December 2018 Monday to Friday timetable
Saturday 29 December 2018 Saturday timetable
Sunday 30 December 2018 Sunday timetable
Monday 31 December 2018 (New Year’s Eve) Monday to Friday timetable with minor changes to last services as below
Tuesday 1 January 2019 (New Year’s Day) Sunday timetable
Wednesday 2 January 2019 (Public Holiday) Sunday timetable

The following changes apply on the evening of Monday 31 December (New Year’s Eve):

  • The last Auckland to Waiheke ferry at 11.45pm will be delayed to depart at 12.15am.
  • The last Waiheke Bus Company service: Route 3 from Matiatia to Onetangi, Rocky Bay at 12.25am will be delayed to depart at 1am.
Last ferry departs Auckland Ferry arrives Matiatia Bus route 3 departs Matiatia to Onetangi, Rocky Bay
12.15am 12.50am 1.00am
  • The last Waiheke to Auckland ferry at 12.30am will be delayed to depart at 1am
  • The last Waiheke Bus Company service: Route 3 from Rocky Bay to Matiatia at 11.35pm will be delayed to depart at midnight (Onetangi 12.10am).
Bus route 3 departs Rocky Bay via Onetangi to Matiatia Arrive Matiatia Ferry to Auckland
Midnight (12am) from Rocky Bay and via Onetangi at 12.10am 12.50am 1.00am

SkyBus

All SkyBus services will operate as normal over the Christmas and New Year period.

Visit the SkyBus website for more information.

Train


Rail buses

Rail replacement bus services are shown in the Journey Planner and AT Mobile app as bus services. They will have the route codes RBS, RBW, RBO for Rail Bus Southern, Rail Bus Western and Rail Bus Onehunga.

Note buses cannot accommodate bikes, scooters or large personal items.

AT HOP cards are accepted on all rail replacement bus services. When connecting between services please tag on and off each mode of transport. Cash tickets may be purchased on board the bus or from train station ticket machines.

View more information on rail buses and rail bus stop locations.


Ferry

Bayswater, Birkenhead, Devonport, Half Moon Bay, Stanley Bay, Waiheke Island

Holiday timetables will operate between Monday 24 December 2018 and Sunday 6 January for the following destinations operated by Fullers 360:

Pine Harbour

  • Monday 24 December 2018 - Reduced timetable.
  • Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December 2018 - No service.
  • Thursday 27 December and Friday 28 December 2018 - Reduced timetable.
  • Saturday 29 December and Sunday 30 December 2018 - No service.
  • Monday 31 December 2018 - Reduced timetable.
  • Tuesday 1 January and Wednesday 2 January 2019 - No service.
  • Thursday 3 January to Friday 25 January 2019  - Reduced timetable.

Download the Pine Harbour holiday timetable (PDF 982KB)

Gulf Harbour

  • Monday 24 December 2018 - Monday to Friday timetable.
  • Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December 2018 - No service.
  • Thursday 27 December and Friday 28 December 2018 - Monday to Friday timetable.
  • Saturday 29 December and Sunday 30 December 2018 - No service.
  • Monday 31 December 2018 - Monday to Friday timetable.
  • Tuesday 1 January and Wednesday 2 January 2019 - No service.
  • Thursday 3 January and Friday 4 January 2019 - Monday to Friday timetable.

Hobsonville and Beach Haven

  • Monday 24 December 2018 - Monday to Friday timetable.
  • Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December 2018 - No service.
  • Thursday 27 December and Friday 28 December 2018 - Monday to Friday timetable.
  • Saturday 29 December and Sunday 30 December 2018 - No service.
  • Monday 31 December 2018 - Monday to Friday timetable.
  • Tuesday 1 January and Wednesday 2 January 2019 - No service.
  • Thursday 3 January and Friday 4 January 2019 - Monday to Friday timetable.

West Harbour

  • Monday 24 December 2018 - Reduced timetable.
  • Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December 2018 - No service.
  • Thursday 27 December and Friday 28 December 2018 - Reduced timetable.
  • Saturday 29 December and Sunday 30 December 2018 - No service.
  • Monday 31 December 2018 - Reduced timetable.
  • Tuesday 1 January and Wednesday 2 January 2019 - No service.
  • Thursday 3 January to Friday 11 January 2019  - Reduced timetable.

Download the West Harbour holiday timetable (PDF 982KB)

Rakino Island

The Rakino Island Ferry has a special summer timetable from November 2018 through to February 2019.

Download the Belaire Rakino Island Ferry Service Timetable

Find out more about the Belaire Rakino ferry service.

Published 29 November 2018 / Last updated 12 December 2018.
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change