The Gov Bus service is provided by The Governors Bay Community Transport Trust, a not for profit charitable trust set up to benefit the Governors Bay community. The Trust owns an 7 seater (including the driver) mini bus and 5 seater (including the driver) car, that provide a community service from Governors Bay to Christchurch and return.
NOTE – Gov Bus will be closed from Saturday 21st December to Sunday 5th January 2020 (inclusive) to allow our volunteer drivers to have a break.
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 Jeanette on the BOOKING LINE 021 199 0922 between 9am and 7.00pm. As there are no scheduled runs on weekends, the phone may not be answered on a Saturday. Therefore if you are making bookings for the following week, please leave a message. If the phone is not answered, please leave a message or send a text. Your booking will be confirmed as soon as possible. This line is managed and answered by Jeanette Stanley specifically for GovBus bookings or enquiries. However, please note that the phone cannot be answered at all times, therefore late bookings or cancellations may not be received in time.
Messages left outside of these hours will be picked up when bookings reopen.
As well as the bus runs outlined below, it may be possible to arrange a lift to and from the airport, hospital, doctor or other venues if drivers are available and sufficient notice is given. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE IDEALLY REQUIRE AT LEAST ONE WEEKS NOTICE FOR THESE ADDITIONAL RUNS AS WE HAVE A VERY LIMITED SUPPLY OF VOLUNTEERS AND IT TAKES TIME TO CONTACT THEM AND HEAR BACK FROM THEM. ALSO, DUE TO LACK OF DRIVER AVAILABILITY, IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND A VOLUNTEER TO DRIVE DURING THE WEEKEND.
NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO BUS ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Governors Bay to Princess Margaret Hospital or Barrington Mall
Mon, Wed, Fri – 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm
Tues and Thurs – 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30 pm
Princess Margaret Hospital or Barrington Mall to Governors Bay
Mon, Wed, Fri – 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm
Tues and Thurs – 11.00am, 12 noon, 1.00pm, 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm
It is helpful if you can provide the correct change, as we do not always carry ,money in the bus.
Governors Bay to PMH or return – $3 one way
Governors Bay to Barrington Mall – $4 one way
For pickups and drop-offs outside of the central Governors Bay area, an additional fee of $1 will be charged.
Airport Trips (by arrangement and subject to driver availability) Now $40 for use of the van – one or more people – note this is a change to our earlier fare.
Payment is with a pre-purchased ticket. $20 worth of fares are available as a ticket purchased on the bus.. Alternatively cash may be paid on the day but please have the correct amount, as change may not be available.
Gov Bus service is provided by volunteer drivers from the Governors Bay community. All drivers hold a current NZ licence, 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.
We now have a transport Services Licence and our vehicles are available to individuals or groups within the community who wish to hire the van, provided it is outside the normal commuter times of 9-00am to 6-00pm, Monday to Friday. You will need to provide your own driver. Bookings are to be made through the booking line. A rental agreement will need to be signed before hire.
Without volunteer drivers our community public transport service will not be possible. If you can volunteer to drive for half a day a week, fortnight or month, or even less, please let us know. Contact Jeanette on the bus line 021 199 0922. It’s a great way to meet the locals and give something back to the community.
Drivers need to be….
If these points are not convenient, please advise when booking and we can pick you up from an alternative place
(Other pickup areas by arrangement)
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
031355 0780231 00
To guarantee a seat you need to book by 7.00pm the day before.
Ph: 021 199 0922
Jeanette Stanley, GovBus Administrator
Phone: 021 199 0922
Hugh MacEwan – Trustee Phone: 027 613 2361
Jenny Swaffield – Trustee Phone: 021 110 3306
Yvonne Crozier – Trustee and Treasurer
Martyn Stanley– Trustee
David Gregory – Trustee
Isabelle Bromham – ECAN representative
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