Bus passengers will be able to travel for free throughout the Wairarapa on Christmas Day following a proposal approved by Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Mayor John Booth says he is happy to hear the news announced today.

“This is a great gift for our community, and I hope it will enable people who depend on this service to connect with their friends and family on this special day.”


See media statement below for further details.

Media Statement – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Council votes to provide free bus and rail services for Christmas Day.

 Passengers will be able to travel free on Christmas Day on the Wellington region’s buses and trains.

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee today approved the proposal from Chief Executive Greg Campbell for trains and buses to operate free all day on 25 December.

Ferry services do not run on Christmas Day, and will be replaced also by free bus services.

Sustainable Transport Committee Chair Cr Barbara Donaldson said she was delighted that the proposal had been unanimously approved.

“Free Christmas Day public transport will provide an experience for some customers who normally will not travel, or cannot afford to travel,” Cr Donaldson said.

“Christmas can be a lonely time for many and travel can be an extra cost for families.  I hope that free public transport can help lessen stress for some and provide for closer community connection across our region.”


Media contact:  Alan Seay 021 494 475 Alan.Seay@gw.govt.nz