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Coach operators fear few prospects in govt’s tourism vision
7 Sep 2021  

Coach operators fear few prospects in govt’s tourism vision

The Bus and Coach Association is asking for more support from the government as businesses in the sector continue to suffer.


KKR buys coach and bus operator Ritchies
30 Aug 2021   /

KKR buys coach and bus operator Ritchies

The US investor swoops on the Kiwi business, which runs tour group and charter services as well as commuter and school routes.


InterCity to trim schedule after 48-hour travel window
19 Aug 2021  

InterCity to trim schedule after 48-hour travel window

InterCity is operating on a reduced schedule until 11.59pm tonight under the governments 48-hour travel window.


Go Bus acquires McDermott in southern expansion
2 Aug 2021   /

Go Bus acquires McDermott in southern expansion

Go Bus has acquired Invercargill-based McDermott Coachlines.


$69m revamped transport hub opens
26 Jul 2021   /

$69m revamped transport hub opens

Bus and rail services have recommenced at Puhinui Station in Papatoetoe after a $69m revamp.


New airport express bus slated for Wellington
1 Jul 2021  

New airport express bus slated for Wellington

Metlink seeking operator for new service.


The top priorities for Bus & Coach’s new boss, Ben McFadgen
31 May 2021   /

The top priorities for Bus & Coach’s new boss, Ben McFadgen

Dealing with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and the consequences of the government’s decarbonisation agenda are the top priorities for the Bus & Coach Association’s new chief executive.


90% revenue down, 100+ workers gone, no govt help – coachline’s crisis
20 May 2021  

90% revenue down, 100+ workers gone, no govt help – coachline’s crisis

Leopard Coachlines director Brent Early says his business is suffering and the govt has abandoned the industry.


“Underappreciated” coach sector being ignored – Bus & Coach
16 Apr 2021  

“Underappreciated” coach sector being ignored – Bus & Coach

Association head says members forced to sell coaches to keep business afloat.


Perspectives: Pivoting to what exactly?
18 Mar 2021  

Perspectives: Pivoting to what exactly?

Bus & Coach Association acting chief executive Alex Voutratzis calls on the Government to do more to protect not just tourism but the communities the sector supports.


Coach company cries foul after MIQ transport monopolised
12 Mar 2021   /

Coach company cries foul after MIQ transport monopolised

A coach operator that had its airline transport contract terminated by the government and handed to a competitor is calling for fair treatment.


Ten Years On: Quake can’t keep a good entrepreneur down
26 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Quake can’t keep a good entrepreneur down

Hassle-free Tours built back better and bigger after the quakes but Covid is a different challenge.


Tour bus company involved in crash goes into liquidation
9 Sep 2020   /

Tour bus company involved in crash goes into liquidation

The coach tour company involved in a crash that saw 20 Chinese visitors injured, two of them severely, has gone into liquidation.


Coach tour and rental vehicle operator goes into liquidation
31 Aug 2020  

Coach tour and rental vehicle operator goes into liquidation

Coach tour company Voyager Tours has gone into liquidation, although the causes have yet to be revealed.


Coach operators plead for help after 2000 drivers lose jobs
27 Aug 2020   /

Coach operators plead for help after 2000 drivers lose jobs

Bus and Coach Association chief executive Dr Pim Borren says the tour coach business is at a virtual standstill.


Tranzit Tours relaunches guided coach tours
14 Jul 2020   /

Tranzit Tours relaunches guided coach tours

The company, which catered to the active senior market, had rescheduled 16 tours following the Covid-19 lockdown.


Entrada’s InterCity, AWADS restart selected services
1 Jul 2020   /

Entrada’s InterCity, AWADS restart selected services

Entrada’s InterCity and Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari operations are to restart selected services this week.


InterCity expands Northland services
29 Jun 2020  

InterCity expands Northland services

The services would operate on a reduced schedule, four days per week.


InterCity resumes South Island links with MoT support
22 Jun 2020  

InterCity resumes South Island links with MoT support

Financial support from the Ministry of Transport has prompted national bus network InterCity today to re-start routes between Nelson to Queenstown and Christchurch to Queenstown.


New airport electric bus route to launch next year
15 Jun 2020   /

New airport electric bus route to launch next year

Auckland Transport’s new bus route using electric buses operated by Go Bus will be launched in the first half of 2021.


KiwiEx to stay in hibernation – Tourism Holdings
12 Jun 2020   /

KiwiEx to stay in hibernation – Tourism Holdings

THL’s recent RV promo received an “overwhelmingly positive” response but NZ rental revenue is still down 50%.


Entrada cuts 80 staff, InterCity resumes services
27 May 2020   /

Entrada cuts 80 staff, InterCity resumes services

Physical distancing measures meant there would be reduced seating capacity, and services might run at a loss.


Lowdown on the Lockdown: Tranzit’s Jenna Snelgrove
6 May 2020  

Lowdown on the Lockdown: Tranzit’s Jenna Snelgrove

Jenna Snelgrove, sales and marketing director at Tranzit Group, on operating in a re-active state as the Covid crisis developed at pace, to now turning the corner and being able to focus on forward planning, opportunities and innovation. 


Entrada targets regional relaxing of Covid-19 alert
16 Apr 2020  

Entrada targets regional relaxing of Covid-19 alert

One of Australasia’s fastest-growing operators has had little downtime in the lockdown, says CEO John Thorburn.


BCA hits out against double dipping claims
6 Apr 2020   /

BCA hits out against double dipping claims

The Bus and Coach Association says it is “dumbfounded” by the suggestion of one union organisation that bus companies are ‘double dipping’ on the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme.


Construction of $29m Hamilton transport hub to kick off
14 Oct 2019   /

Construction of $29m Hamilton transport hub to kick off

Construction of the new $29m Rotokauri Transport Hub in Hamilton will commence before Christmas.


Betterez enters NZ market with Red Travel bookings revamp
15 Apr 2019   /

Betterez enters NZ market with Red Travel bookings revamp

Red Travel has brought in Canadian technology company Betterez to modernise its ticketing and reservatiosn system.


Stray enters grey market with Kirra JV
14 Mar 2019   /

Stray enters grey market with Kirra JV

The youth-oriented tour operator has pitched into the 50+ demographic to help cope with a softening backpacker market.


New staff, new vehicles in InterCity venture, Skip
22 Nov 2018   /

New staff, new vehicles in InterCity venture, Skip

InterCity has moved to fill the gap left by the demise of Nakedbus and Manabus.


Fullers CEO: Why I sold ManaBus and Nakedbus
25 Jun 2018   /

Fullers CEO: Why I sold ManaBus and Nakedbus

The sale of the two coach services came after eight months of effort trying to integrate them into Fullers, says Mike Horne.


Red Bus to electrify airport route with $700K+ e-buses
12 Jun 2018  

Red Bus to electrify airport route with $700K+ e-buses

The operator plans to be the first in NZ to offer a fully electric urban service.


SkyBus to start direct North Harbour to Akl airport service
11 Jun 2018  

SkyBus to start direct North Harbour to Akl airport service

SkyBus will start a direct North Harbour to Auckland Airport service on 1 July.


Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington acquires Greytown tour company
3 May 2018   /

Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington acquires Greytown tour company

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Red Travel launches daily Kaikoura Express
4 Oct 2017   / /

Red Travel launches daily Kaikoura Express

Red Travel, a division of Christchurch’s Iconic Red Bus Urban passenger transport company, has launched a new daily service from Christchurch to Kaikoura.


Ritchies as provider for resort’s new $2 bus service
28 Sep 2017  

Ritchies as provider for resort’s new $2 bus service

Queenstown’s new public transport system is going to be a game-changer for both residents and visitors.


Southern Discoveries launches fleet
26 Sep 2017  

Southern Discoveries launches fleet

Southern Discoveries is launching its new fleet of glass-topped coaches taking passengers from Queenstown to its Milford Sound cruises.


Stray buys Loka to become APAC’s largest “flexible adventure travel network”
14 Sep 2017   /

Stray buys Loka to become APAC’s largest “flexible adventure travel network”

Auckland-based Stray Travel has bought Australia’s Loka adventure travel operator in a deal the companies say will create Asia Pacific’s largest “flexible adventure travel network”.


SkyBus set to reach one million passengers
14 Sep 2017   /

SkyBus set to reach one million passengers

SkyBus has announced that its annual passenger count has increased by a significant 11% in the last 12 months.


Connexionz expands in US
9 Aug 2017  

Connexionz expands in US

Connexionz, a leading provider of intelligent transit solutions for ferry and bus operators, has opened a US office in California.


Hassle-free Tours launches $2m expansion to Auckland, Queenstown
2 Aug 2017  

Hassle-free Tours launches $2m expansion to Auckland, Queenstown

Christchurch-based Hassle-free Tours is expanding to Auckland and Queenstown in a $2m drive to push into new markets.


InterCity adds business class to Otago services
26 Jul 2017  

InterCity adds business class to Otago services

A new daily bus service between Dunedin and Queenstown will give travellers a taste of luxury on the road.


InterCity appoints new GM Sales
22 Jun 2017  

InterCity appoints new GM Sales

InterCity Group is pleased to announce that Simon Payne is joining the team as General Manager – Sales.


Go Bus wins airport park and ride contract
30 May 2017   /

Go Bus wins airport park and ride contract

Go Bus has secured the contract to deliver passengers to and from Queenstown Airport’s new 150-space park and ride facility.


InterCity plumps for JUCY with new Milford Sound deal
17 May 2017   / /

InterCity plumps for JUCY with new Milford Sound deal

InterCity Group has ended its commercial relationship with Southern Discoveries Milford Sound cruises and will instead feed its passengers on to JUCY vessels.


Super Shuttle goes Platinum with new luxury service
16 May 2017  

Super Shuttle goes Platinum with new luxury service

Super Shuttle has launched a new business class service as it upgrades its fleet, pushes into the regions, and expands its marketing.


PM criticised over Chinese FIT comments
6 Apr 2017  

PM criticised over Chinese FIT comments

The Bus & Coach Association has hit back at government comments encouraging Chinese visitors off tours and into independent travel.


Importance of coach services
6 Apr 2017  

Importance of coach services

There are many reasons why encouraging tourists to partake in tours, as opposed to travelling themselves, would actually be advantageous to New Zealand.


Explorer Tourlines statement on Te Anau Milford Highway crash
27 Mar 2017  

Explorer Tourlines statement on Te Anau Milford Highway crash

Presented at Press Conference at 2pm Friday at Rydges Latimer Christchurch following the Te Anau Milford Highway crash last Tuesday that killed two German tourists.


Go Bus to bolster luxury fleet to meet tourism demand
10 Mar 2017  

Go Bus to bolster luxury fleet to meet tourism demand

Go Bus is pumping up to $20m of dollars into its luxury Johnston’s Coachlines business to meet soaring tourism demand.


Southern Discoveries invests $2m into “seamless” Milford tours
28 Feb 2017  

Southern Discoveries invests $2m into “seamless” Milford tours

Southern Discoveries will enter Queenstown’s competitive coach sector after committing close to $2m to launch a fleet of coaches.