Metlink—Public transport changes for the Hutt Valley

Starting Sunday, Metlink is improving the Hutt Valleys public transport network with a fleet of new buses, new services and transfers between Metlink buses at no extra cost.

What’s changing

From Sunday 17 June:

  • Transfer at no extra cost between all Metlink buses, within 30 minutes of tagging off, when using Snapper.
  • Riverstone Terraces will have a new weekday service and Belmont, Korokoro, Stokes Valley Heights, Trentham and Pinehaven will have a new Saturday service.
  • Changes to school buses, including routes, timetables and how to pay.
  • A new generation of lemon and lime, planet-friendly buses is rolled out – but not all at once. If you’re catching a bus, please check the number and destination rather than the colour of the bus. All our lemon and lime buses can be lowered for easier access.
  • We are introducing bike racks on our new Metlink bus fleet and by 2019 all Metlink buses will carry bike racks. For more information check out our bike racks on buses page.
  • Timetables are changing too in preparation for the wider changes in July so that buses and trains are more integrated. That means, for a short while, connections between bus and rail services will not be perfect, so please check your new bus timetable carefully.

From Sunday 15 July:

  • Simpler and fairer fares, including new passes and discounts for students, people with disabilities, and adults travelling during the off-peak periods.
  • More frequent trains on weekdays between 9am and 3pm – every 20 minutes rather than every 30 minutes.
  • Snapper will be the only card accepted on all Metlink public and school buses in the whole Greater Wellington region. If you have a Mana/Newlands or Uzabus card, Metlink will provide you with a free Snapper card. You can still pay in cash or use your SuperGold card.
  • Transfers at no extra cost on all Metlink buses in the region, when using Snapper.
  • Small improvements to timetables for peak rail services
  • Rejigged bus timetables for better connections with the new rail timetable.

Informing the community

Metlink staff, our AmBUSsadors, will be in the community providing information from 15-18 June. They’ll be at the Upper Hutt, Waterloo and Petone railway stations, the Jackson Street shops, Queensgate and Hutt Hospital. Please let me know if you’d like to know the exact times the AmBUSsadors will be at each location.

We’d like your help in telling the Hutt Valley about these changes. For example, we’d be delighted if you would share our social media posts. Metlink is on Facebook and Twitter @metlinkwgtn.

I also attach posters about the changes. We are sending out physical copies of our posters for people to put up around their offices and in the community, so if you would like some copies please let me know.

Find out more

For more information about the changes please visit the Metlink website. The updated Journey Planner now provides information on trips from 15 July, including all the new timetables, routes and fares.

You can also call us on 0800 801 700 and sign up for updates.

Upper Hutt is easy to get to and to get around

Excellent commuter services are provided to residents by both buses and trains. The railway line runs through the centre of the city, from Wellington to the Wairarapa, and both services run at very regular intervals providing a reliable means of transport both between suburbs within Upper Hutt and to other cities within the Wellington region.

A significant number of Upper Hutt people use the public transport system, with over 10% of Upper Hutt residents using it to travel to work, according to the 2001 Census. It is also important for those travelling to school, to major events in Wellington and for the 11% of Upper Hutt households that do not have access to a vehicle. The responsibility for funding public transport rests with the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Council will continue to liaise with the Regional Council and public transport services providers such as Toll and local bus companies to ensure that a convenient and affordable public transport service is provided. We will also continue to advocate for an extension of the suburban train services to Timberlea and Cruickshank.

Upper Hutt is located on State Highway 2 which is a double laned road from Upper Hutt City to Wellington. Access to State Highway 1 and the Porirua Basin can be gained via the Haywards Hill Interchange (SH2 and SH58) just south of the city.

The city is 30 kilometres from the Port of Wellington (25 minutes by road) and 35 kilometres from Wellington Airport (35 minutes by road).

For bus and train timetables visit the metlink website at

Have a go day

Interested in learning more about accessible public transport?

Use the links in the Resources and Links section to find out more about this event and other roading information

Car pooling

Thought about leaving your car at home? The New Zealand Transport Agency website provides information on how you can reduce the costs of travelling to work, and find or set up your own carpool.

Find out more about carpooling on the New Zealand Transport Agency website.


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Last updated on 19 Jun 2018