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Perspectives: The coach sector is in crisis because of govt inaction
1 Dec 2022   /

Perspectives: The coach sector is in crisis because of govt inaction

BCA’s Ben McFadgen says the shortage of operators, drivers and coaches is a direct result of the sector being overlooked.


TECNZ’s Keene urges “positive, frank” approach to coping with coach pressures
17 Nov 2022   /

TECNZ’s Keene urges “positive, frank” approach to coping with coach pressures

Increasing demand, rising costs, and shortages are putting pressure on the coach network.


BCA revises alpine safety code
7 Nov 2022   /

BCA revises alpine safety code

The code enables operators to minimise the risks associated with transporting passengers through alpine environments.


What about tour drivers? BCA on govt’s $61m bus wage boost
31 Oct 2022   /

What about tour drivers? BCA on govt’s $61m bus wage boost

The govt’s investment must be made with consistency, fairness and sustainability, says the association.


“Tours might suffer” – BCA’s McFadgen on the  challenges for bus & coach
7 Oct 2022   /

“Tours might suffer” – BCA’s McFadgen on the challenges for bus & coach

The industry is struggling with what could be a substantial gap between supply and demand this summer.


Entrada to restart Auckland Explorer bus
19 Sep 2022  

Entrada to restart Auckland Explorer bus

The hop-on hop-off Explorer Bus in Auckland is restarting services with three new open-top, double-decker vehicles in fleet as it ramps up capacity to cater for cruise ship passengers visiting the city over the summer.


Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport
14 Sep 2022   /

Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport

Masks are no longer required on Metlink’s bus, rail, ferry, and total mobility services, but remain strongly recommended on public transport.


“We are heading pell-mell back to the 1970s” – BCA on govt’s transport plans
16 Aug 2022   /

“We are heading pell-mell back to the 1970s” – BCA on govt’s transport plans

The BCA criticises the government’s new public transport plans as a throwback to the past and a disservice to all those working in the industry.


“We’ll go after them with everything we’ve got” –  Stray’s Hudson on any KiwiEx buyer
1 Jul 2022  

“We’ll go after them with everything we’ve got” – Stray’s Hudson on any KiwiEx buyer

The operator marks its 20th year with a watchful eye on competition and continual product development as bookings recover.


Bus & Coach welcomes $61m driver support
24 May 2022   /

Bus & Coach welcomes $61m driver support

The Bus and Coach Association has welcomed the government’s “timely” plans to invest $61m to support a skilled, sustainable workforce of bus drivers.


Operators cautious over congestion charging
16 May 2022   /

Operators cautious over congestion charging

They could heap more costs on tourism businesses but they could also help clear traffic and combat climate change.


Kinetic takeover of NZ Bus prompts BCA concerns
21 Apr 2022   /

Kinetic takeover of NZ Bus prompts BCA concerns

Bus and Coach Association acting chief executive Max Dickens said the merger could reduce competition in the bus industry if it proceeded.


Ritchies Transport appoints CEO
13 Apr 2022   /

Ritchies Transport appoints CEO

Michele Kernahan has been appointed chief executive officer for Ritchies Transport.


Early end for Leopard after 30+ years, but another road to run
7 Apr 2022   /

Early end for Leopard after 30+ years, but another road to run

Brent Early’s tenure as Leopard Coachlines managing director has come to an end following the company’s acquisition by Canterbury bus company Torlesse Travel, but it is far from the end of the road for him.


Leopard Coachlines goes into liquidation
18 Feb 2022   /

Leopard Coachlines goes into liquidation

After more than 50 years of operating, the company files for voluntary liquidation citing NZ’s border rules as the last straw.


Wednesday Letter: Operators need to invest in more than just their business
16 Feb 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Operators need to invest in more than just their business

The tourism recovery will require a different way of thinking and working, writes BCA’s Ben McFadgen.


BCA’s Ben McFadgen: The govt is letting our industry collapse
14 Dec 2021   /

BCA’s Ben McFadgen: The govt is letting our industry collapse

The Bus and Coach Association’s CEO calls for tourism minister Stuart Nash to go.


NZ’s forgotten industry – campervan firm pleads for govt support
20 Oct 2021   /

NZ’s forgotten industry – campervan firm pleads for govt support

Wendekreisen Campervan & Motorhome Rental wants the government to provide targeted assistance to the rental vehicle sector.


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.