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Design a Bus Back competition – winners announcement!

CityLink are STOKED to announce the winners of our Design a Bus Back competition.

We received hundreds of amazing entries, both online and through Enviroschools. They were all AMAZING!

We’re so thrilled for our Winner – Amay Dignon, Age 9, from Hurapaki School

Amay’s entry stood out for its vibrant design, fantastic use of colour and for incorporating clear messaging. Congratulations Amay! Ka mau te wehi!

We’re giving you a sneak peak at Amay’s fab design here, but the next time you see it in December, it’ll be on a CityLink bus back!! Watch this space 😊

And congratulations to our two Highly Commended:

James Nunn, Age 7, from Onerahi Primary School

Alexis Cossey, Age 10, from Morningside Primary

The judges were impressed with James’s unique underwater concept and with Alexis’s engaging design incorporating the bus.

Congratulations to our three winners and all the tamariki who took part. We received hundreds of amazing entries, both online and through Enviroschools. Thank you to all the tamariki who entered, to all the parents and guardians that helped with online entries and to the following Enviroschools:

Whangārei Primary

Manaia View School

Morningside Primary

Hora Hora School

Hurapaki School

We’ll be making sure that we can display lots of the entries in December, so everyone has a chance to enjoy them as much as we did.

Monitor Upgrade at the Rose Street Bus Terminus

We are currently upgrading the monitors at the Rose Street Bus terminus, to enhance your travel experience.

During this upgrade, the monitors will be temporarily down. You can still track your bus online for real-time updates.
If you need assistance with the bus schedule, our friendly security guards at Rose Street are more than happy to help. We appreciate your understanding as we work to improve our services.

CityLink and Whangārei A&P Show – Sat 2 Dec

CityLink are stoked to team up with the Whangārei A&P Show on Saturday 2 December 2023, to help our city enjoy the Show!

All CityLink buses will be FREE on Show Day, Saturday 2 December

Not only that, if you get the free bus to the Show from Rose Street, you can get free entry to the Show. All your favourite attractions will be there – livestock, equestrian, stalls, delicious kai, live entertainment and much more.

Don’t rush for the bus! 

The bus will leave Rose Street on the hour, every hour, from 9am-3pm, and return from the Show at 15 minutes past the hour from 9.15am – 4.15pm, so don’t rush for the bus, the offer lasts all day. We expect the first and last services to be busy, so please plan your day.

So come and celebrate with us and get the bus to the A&P Show!

Whangarei A&P Show – One Epic Show Day – Saturday 2 December 2023 


Bus Fares

CityLink fares are $2 adult (age 18 +) $1 child.

Concessions (discounts) on public transport fares are available under the Community Connect Scheme. These concessions make public transport cheaper for families with children and young people and for people with a Community Services Card.

On CityLink services you MUST use a registered Bee Card to get the discounted fare. Cash fares on CityLink services are NOT eligible for the discount. If you have an existing Bee Card, you can use that.

If you do not have a Bee Card, you can get one at Rose Street bus station for the standard charge of $5. Community Service Card holders are eligible for a free card when they apply for their concession.

Concessions are available as follows:

Children aged 0-12

Infants aged 0-4 travel for free. They do not need a Bee Card. Children aged 5-12 travel for free. Must use a Bee Card.

For more information go to children and young people

Young People

Teenagers aged 13-18 travel for half the existing child fare, so will pay $0.50c. Must use a Bee Card.

Young adults aged 19-24 travel for half the set adult fare, so will pay $1. Must use a Bee Card.

For more information go to children and young people

Community Service Card holders

Community Service Card (CSC) holders travel for half the adult or child fare. Must have a Community Services card and load the concession onto their Bee Card.

For further information please go to Community Connect – CSC holders

SuperGold card holders

SuperGold card passengers still travel free off-peak, between 9am-3pm weekdays and all day on Saturdays. If you or a family member have a SuperGold card and are also a Community Service Card holder, you/they can apply for half price travel outside peak hours.

For more information please go to SuperGold card concessions

If you need further assistance or information call 0800 002 004 and ask for the Transport team.


CityLink Facebook page

Come to our Facebook page and you’ll get all the bus information and updates that you need to get around on CityLink buses.
So don’t miss the bus, follow us! Come join us at CityLink Facebook page


It’s important to us that you are receiving the best possible public transport service. If you have feedback or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.

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