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Public transport is used most by residents of the main urban centres. In 2016/17, close to 90% of bus boardings were in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. Bus boardings have been growing in Auckland, but are fairly flat elsewhere.


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Core dashboard information


Public transport bus boardings. Boardings include SuperGold Card passengers, who ride for free.

Boardings are the number of passengers that board bus services. Patronage that is reported on is related to:

all contracted/funded services

all commercial services available to the public and recorded in the region’s passenger transport register or regional passenger transport plan, unless they are considered to be not material or relevant (based on the impact on the transport network)

The following services should not be included:

commercial services not on the passenger transport register or in the regional passenger transport plan, including fare paying school services

Ministry of Education funded services.

Nature of data

Primary source NZ Transport Agency, direct from the Passenger Transport team, not from Smartmovez
Custodian of data NZ Transport Agency
URL http://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/userfiles/transport-data/PTPerformance.html
Frequency Annual

Regional. Breakouts by SuperGold Card and non-SuperGold Card passengers are available at the above URL.

Quality of the data



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