Gov Bus

The Gov Bus service is provided by The Governors Bay Community Transport Trust, a not for profit charitable trust set up to benefit the Bays and wider Christchurch Community. Govbus is an 8 seat (including driver) mini bus that provides a community service from Governors Bay to Christchurch return.  We need volunteer drivers to make this service become a reality – without it we will have no service.


You must book your seat by 7.00pm the day before departure.

The bus will only travel if there are bookings for the service.

To book a seat –

Phone or text the BOOKING LINE between 9am and 7.00pm.

Phone or text 021 199 0922. This line is managed and answered by Jeanette Stanley specifically for GOVbus bookings. Your booking will be confirmed. There is no longer an online booking system. Leave a message or send a text of phone is not answered and Jeanette will come back to you as soon as possible.

 Please note phone number for general enquiries is 021 199 0922 (the same as the booking line)

Messages left outside the bookings hours will be picked up when bookings reopen and seats cannot be guaranteed. 

NEW SERVICE – we now have a driver who may be available during the week to take you to you appointments at the Lyttelton Medical Centre and return you home.  If you would like to book this service, ring Jeanette and advise the details and she will endeavour to arrange this for you. We will need a couple of days notice.

Although we don’t have a regular driver for trips to medical centres in the city or to the hospital, if you call Jeanette she may be able to arrange this for you.  No parking to worry about – if a driver is available we will drop you at the door, pick you up and take you home.

Airport Runs – if a driver is available, we are able to take you to the airport or pick you up from the airport. The cost is $15.00 per person. Please phone Jeanette and give plenty of notice so we can endeavour to find a volunteer driver.

Routes, Timetables & Fares


Current routes (updated 10/01/17)

Governors Bay to Princess Margaret Hospital

Mon, Wed, Fri:   7.30am, 8.30am, 3.30pm, 4.30pm 5.30pm

Tues, Thurs:   7.30am, 8.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm

Princess Margaret Hospital to Governors Bay

Mon, Wed, Fri:  8am, 9am, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm

Tues, Thurs:   8am, 9am, 11.05am, 12.05pm, 1.05pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm

Governors Bay to Barrington

Tuesday and Thursday:   10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm

Barrington to Governors Bay

Tuesday and Thursday: Departs at 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Governors Bay to Lyttelton

Saturday at 9am

Lyttelton to Governors Bay

Saturday at 11.30am


Payment is with a pre purchased ticket. $20 worth of  fares are available as a ticket purchased from She Universe or Governors Bay Hotel. Alternatively, you may pay cash on the day or purchase a ticket from the bus driver. It would be helpful if you could have the correct change.

DRIVERS PAGE (login required)

General Info

Govbus service is provided by volunteer drivers from the Governors Bay community.  All drivers hold a current NZ license, have been vetted by the Police and have an assurance from their medical practitioner that they are medically fit to drive.

Govbus has a Safe Driving Policy.

Drivers will use their discretion with regard to embarking on a journey if they believe road conditions are unsafe.

On call service

This will developed and made available once we have more volunteer drivers.


We now have a Transport Services Licence and our vehicles are now available to individuals and groups within the community who wish to hire the van, provided it is outside the normal commuter runs. You who will need to provide your own driver. Bookings to be made through the booking line. A rental agreement will need to be signed before hire.


Volunteer Drivers


Without volunteer drivers our community public transport service will not be possible.

If you can volunteer to drive the van 1 day a week, fortnight, month or even less please let us know by clicking below. It’s a great way to meet the locals and give something back to the community.

Drivers need to be…

Click here to indicate your interest

Passenger Pick up and Drop Off Points

Governor’s Bay

Princess Margaret Hospital

Barrington Mall

Bus Stop on Athelstan Street.

Provide feedback on routes/timetables/fares

Sponsors & Donations

As a not for profit charitable trust set up to benefit the community and those that live in it we will need financial support. At the time of writing the trust has applied for funding through two organisations with one successful grant received to date.

To help this service become a reality we need further support.

Are you interested in making a donation?

Is your business interested in being a sponsor?

Donations can be made direct to our bank account:

Governors Bay Community Transport Trust
SBS Bank
031355 0780231 00

Or provide your details below and we will contact you

Contact Us


To guarantee a seat you need to book
by 5.30pm the day before. There is no longer an online booking service.

Ph: 021 199 0922


Jenny Swaffield – Chairperson
Ph: 03 329 9606 (evenings)

Larry Anderson – Treasurer
Ph: 03 329 9962

Simon Maule – Trustee
Ph: 03 3299 202 (evenings)

Tony Henderson – Trustee

David Gregory – Trustee

Hugh MacEwan – Trustee

General Enquiries

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