Queenstown buses and ferries

Route 1 service

Valid from Thursday, Jan 19, 2023 4:51 PM

Due to the ongoing driver shortage, Orbus will focus on delivering the following trips on Route 1 until driver availability improves:

 Remarkables Park to Sunshine Bay: 6:35am, 7:35am, 8:35am, 9:35am, 10:35am, 12:05pm, 1:05pm, 2:05pm, 3:05pm, 3:35pm, 4:35pm, 5:35pm, 6:35pm, 8:05pm, 9:05pm, 10:05pm, 11:05pm, 12:05am

Sunshine Bay to Remarkables Park: 6:40am, 7:40am, 8:40am, 9:40am, 10:40am, 12:10pm, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm, 4:10pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 6:40pm, 7:40m, 9:10pm, 10:10pm, 11:10pm, 12:10pm
The following Route 1 services will be cancelled until we notify otherwise
Remarkables Park to Sunshine Bay: 6:05am, 7:05am, 8:05am, 9:05am, 10:05am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:35pm, 2:35pm, 4:05pm, 5:05pm, 6:05pm, 7:05pm, 7:35pm, 8:35pm, 9:35pm, 10:35pm, 11:35pm 
Sunshine Bay to Remarkables Park: 6:10am, 7:10am, 8:10am, 9:10am, 10:10am, 11:10am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 5:10pm, 6:10pm, 7:10pm, 8:10pm, 8:40pm, 9:40pm, 10:40pm, 11:40pm
We apologise for the inconvenience, but we want to give as much certainty to customers as possible. We will continue to review this as driver availability changes. Services will be added once driver numbers improve.

Queenstown affected bus routes

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🚌Traffic congestion to affect Route 1 until 1 Feb

Valid from Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023 4:23 PM

Due to a closure on Lake Street creating severe traffic congestion on Shotover St, Orbus service on route 1 is currently subject to severe delays.


This closure will remain in place until February 1 and we anticipate service delays to continue throughout this time.

🚌⛔Gorge Road Closure⛔🚌

Valid from Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022 6:00 AM

From the 25th of October until March 2023, Gorge Road will be closed between Henry st & Weaver St. Route 2 will be affected in both directions. The bus will detour from Stanley St to Shotover St to Camp St/Robins Rd and back onto Gorge Rd.
- Stop Affected: Boundary St.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Queenstown affected bus routes

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🚍 Improved Capacity from Sunshine Bay to Frankton Hub via town from Monday 15th August 🚍

Valid from Monday, Aug 15, 2022 6:00 AM

Route 1 capacity on the 7.40am and 8.10am morning services from Sunshine Bay to Frankton are pretty full up. Working with Ritchies, we’ve made a small change to add more capacity for passengers, especially for Wakatipu High School students.
- On weekday mornings, route 5 toward Lake Hayes, usually departing from Stanley St, will now depart from Treetops in Sunshine Bay at 7:55am, picking up all passengers at stops on the way, and travelling past Stanley Street at around 8am as usual.
- Route 1 Sunshine Bay to Remarkables Park will still depart at 7.40am and 8.10am.
- These three morning peak services travel from Sunshine Bay through Stanley Street to Frankton Hub.
- WHS students and passengers for the airport can then transfer at Frankton Hub to route 3, departing at 8.20am. Route 3 will go past the airport. in the mornings. It may be possible to transfer to Route 1 at the Frankton Hub, but this bus may still have capacity constraints at this point.
To recap:
• You can now also catch the number 5 service from Treetops (departs at 7.55am) to get to town or Frankton Hub.
• This Treetops 7:55am Route 5 addition will run on weekdays only until further notice.
• Both route 1 and 5 travel between Stanley St and Frankton Hub.
• Route 3 toward Kelvin Heights (via Wakatipu High and the Airport) departs from Frankton Hub at 8.20am and should provide a good connection.
We’ll keep an eye on this change and capacity before we decide if this is temporary during the reduced timetable or permanent. Let us know what you think about this particular service.

Queenstown affected bus routes

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🟨 Millennium Hotel stop shift 🟨

Valid from Monday, May 09, 2022 7:00 AM

Due to works beginning in the area, from Monday 09/05, the stop at the Millennium Hotel on Frankton Rd will be out of service. This is expected to be a long term closure.
Passengers should use the stop at Upper Stanley St, or along at the Copthorne Hotel instead.
Thanks for your understanding.

Queenstown affected bus routes

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Route 4 - Wakatipu School connection

Valid from Friday, Apr 29, 2022 4:44 PM

This term Wakatipu High students can get the Route 4 (Frankton - Jacks Point) bus home from right outside the school.  

From Monday 2 May, the Route 4 Jack’s Point bus service that departs Frankton Hub at 3:25 pm will divert via Wakatipu High School before returning to its normal route. 

This school connection will be running every weekday for school terms only. 

Queenstown affected bus routes

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Route 2 - Arrowtown School Connection

Valid from Friday, Apr 29, 2022 4:39 PM

This term Arrowtown Primary School students can get the Route 2 (Arrowtown - Arthurs Point) bus to after-school sports activities at Queenstown Events Centre.   From Monday 2 May the 2.55pm trip from Arrowtown to Arthurs Point will take a short diversion to pick up students and take them to the events centre. 

Two stops will be missed on this trip each weekday, these are:

3.11 pm Tuckers Beach Road stop
3.14 pm Quail Rise stop

This school connection will be running every weekday for school terms only. 

Queenstown affected bus routes

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🟡 Frankton Rd, opp Copthorne Stop🟡

Valid from Monday, Feb 07, 2022 10:28 AM

Until approximately April 2023, this stop will be moved further along Frankton Rd (to outside 87-93 Frankton Rd). This is to allow for works to be completed in the area. The new temporary stop will be marked and have the timetable placed there too.

Queenstown affected bus routes

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