Queenstown buses

Alert Level 2 timetable back to normal

Valid from Tuesday, Sep 07, 2021 5:04 PM

We are moving to Alert Level 2 from Wednesday, 8 September 2021 from the first service. This changes the service significantly in comparison to Alert Level 3.

  • We are back to the normal timetable
  • We are back to front door entry
  • THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – distancing is not required in Alert Level 2. However, there is no standing in level 2 so once we are at capacity you will have to wait for the next service.
  • Cash is accepted, but if you have a Bee Card top up online please or with large amounts to reduce driver interaction
  • As always WEAR A MASK
  • Track your travel by scanning in the QR codes on buses with the official COVID app, or keep a manual entry of your travel

Keep up to date via Facebook, My Little Local and/or the Transit app. 

Public Transport in Otago in Alert Level 3

Valid from Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 2:41 PM

For Level 3 from 1 September, 2021: 

Some reminders for travel in Alert Level 3:

  • Back door entry, tag on/off at the back door reader. If you need to use the front door, please talk to your driver about your particular needs when the bus arrives.
  • Scan the COVID QR codes provided. If you don’t have the official COVID tracker app, keep a manual diary of your travel.
  • You must wear your mask. Remember, some drivers are exempt from wearing a mask if it affects their ability to drive.
  • When you are waiting for the bus, keep a 2 metre distance from other waiting passengers.

Timetable information

This cannot be changed during this temporary COVID response. The website timetables and Hub e-stops are up to date for Dunedin, in the usual place, and for Queenstown we have clear navigation to newly created online COVID timetables.  However we are not able to change the street timetables or those on Google or Transit. Transit will show real time tracking. 

REDUCED COVID QUEENSTOWN service starts Wed 25 August

Valid from Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 3:03 PM

In Queenstown, since lockdown started, we have operated our normal services initially to ensure visitors could return to the airport by bus.
Now that we know Alert Level 4 will continue for at least a few more days, and the service is carrying a small group of essential workers, we will temporarily reduce Orbus Queenstown services from tomorrow onwards.
Click here for the detailed timetable, www.orc.govt.nz/public-transport/queenstown-buses/orbus-queenstown-covid-19-bus-timetable, but in summary:
🚍 Everything will run hourly – so current 15 or 30 minutes frequencies will be every hour.
⏱Every last run is at 10pm
⛳Jacks Point has a small gap in the middle with no services

Queenstown affected bus routes

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

New Zealand under Alert Level 4 - essential travel only

Valid from Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021 7:21 PM



  • On weekdays we will be running a Saturday schedule with some exceptions:
    • Route 1 Palmerston will run a weekday service during weekdays.
    • Mosgiel service (80/81) will operate as per the weekday timetable.
  • Night services will also follow the Saturday schedule for now.
  • The Sunday schedule will follow the Sunday schedule.



No change for now.

In Dunedin we will operate a Saturday timetable for weekdays (with Palmerston Route 1 on a weekday service) and in Queenstown no change for now. 
New Zealand is moving into COVID Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11:59pm tonight.
We are working as quickly as we can with our operators to respond to this and will keep you updated.
We know from the last time that public transport is only for essential travel. Please DO NOT take the bus unless you are considered an essential worker or need to access essential services. Wear a mask, scan the COVID QR Codes and do not sit near anyone. We will confirm ticketing, but for now, please take your Bee Card.

We will not be able to replace the on-street timetables, fold-out maps and booklets. 

Last time, in Dunedin we operated a Saturday timetable on Saturdays and weekdays, with the usual Sunday timetable on Sunday. In Queenstown, we ran on an hourly schedule with an additional half hourly on route 1 under Alert Level 3. 

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