School Bus Transport Info

If you live a certain distance from school, your child may be eligible to travel to and from school by bus. If you have any queries or would like to register your child for the bus service, please talk to the office staff.  

  • Once registered, your child will show on the bus roll every day. 
If your child is not traveling by bus on any given afternoon, it is required that you come to the office (or contact them by phone) before midday to mark your child absent on the roll. This will ensure that the buses are not held up while we look for missing children. If you need to collect your child directly from the bus line, you must inform the duty teacher (not the bus monitor). If you wish to collect other people’s children, school will need to receive consent from their parent/caregiver. 
   

  • New Entrant students need to be settled into school routines before they can use the bus service (usually 2-4 weeks), unless they have a big brother or sister at school that can look after them.



  • Before students start traveling to or from school on the bus, they need to know their full name, their address, which bus route they are on and which bus stop they get on or off. 

Bus Controller/Bus Monitors


Matt Leach is our Bus Control Monitor, responsible for bus route administration and safety. If you have any queries please contact Matt on mattl@queentown.school.nz or via the school office.

Click here for the Bus 2018 Bus Enrolment Form 

3pm Instructions for Students

  • Students are to report immediately to their respective bus lines (or the duty teachers room if wet). 
  • The duty teachers will supervise bus monitors checking names off the appropriate roll, will escort bus lines to the correct bus and will supervise seating arrangements.



Please go through these expectations and safety requirements with your child:


When boarding the bus in the morning, children need to wait in the designated place, well back from the road. Wait until the bus has stopped before approaching. 

At all times, stay seated until the bus has stopped. 

Carry your bag in front of you so it does not get caught in the door. 

Get on and off the bus carefully without pushing. Get off the bus through the front door if possible.

 When getting off the bus in the afternoon, if you need to cross, find a safe place and wait until the bus has moved away. This will ensure that you have a clear vision of the road. 



  • Students must wear shoes at all times.
  • Skateboards, scooters, skis and snowboards are not permitted on the buses.
  • Please encourage your child to wear their high visibility vest.
  • Junior School students must be met by a parent/caregiver at the bus stop.
  • When collecting your children, get out of the car and meet them on the same side of the road that the bus has stopped and go with them to the car.
  • Please think safe! Ensure that you are not blocking children’s line of sight if they have to cross the road, model safe behaviour and allow the bus plenty of room to pull in and out.

Behaviour Expectations

Students who use the school bus may continue to do so while they behave in a reasonable and safe manner. To ensure that the bus is a safe place for everyone, the following behaviour is expected of all students: 

  • Students are to listen to and follow the requirements and instructions of the bus driver and the teacher/s on duty at all times.
  • Students must use socially acceptable language when talking to the driver and/or other students and speak quietly so they do not distract the bus driver.
  • Students are not to engage in any behaviour that could put other passengers, the driver, or themselves at risk.
  • Students must sit down immediately and remain in their seats for the whole journey. When no seats are available students must stand in the aisle holding on with both hands and not move around the bus.
  • Students must show respect at all times. No throwing of objects inside or out of the bus.
  • Eating or drinking is not permitted.
  • Students are to respect the bus operator's property at all times (e.g. refrain from standing on seats or vandalising the bus in any way).
  • Students are not to harass, bully, or abuse other passengers or the driver in any way, whether verbal or physical.
  • If any students disregard these procedures, school will take appropriate action. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions



Who will help my child catch the bus in their first week of school?
 Your child will be assigned a bus buddy, who will come to your child's room just before 3pm. Should the bus buddy not be available, the class teacher will provide back up. Please be aware that many senior children have after-school activities and are not always on the bus. We do our best to find someone who is on the bus most of the time.



What if my child travels by bus and wants to bring a friend home to play? Parents must organise alternative transport arrangements for play dates, additional children are not permitted to travel on the buses for this purpose.  



Can my child take the school bus to the Events Centre for after school activities?
 No. The bus service is available for transport to and from school/home only. You must arrange your own transport for after school activities. 



Can I contact the bus driver on their cell phone?
 No. Contact with the bus driver can only be made in an emergency, as it is illegal for drivers to answer cell phones while driving. For any queries, please contact the school office.



What happens if there is an accident? As soon as we are aware of any incident, immediate contact will be made with parents to advise them of the situation and the procedures in place. 



How do I know what time the bus comes in the morning or after school?
 All details are in the bus routes provided. Also, check with your neighbours if you are new to the area.




 The school bus service is run by Go Bus. They are contracted to the Ministry of Education.

Contact Information for Go Bus is:

Phone: 03 451 0090

email: queenstown@gobus.co.nz

 


Bus Routes are as follows:

NOTE:
The following TWO bus routes are new and replace the 2017 ARTHURS POINT route. Please check carefully the route, stops and times that will best suit your child(ren).

 

9190  ARTHURS POINT

8:15  Coronet Peak Station Rd
8:20  Malaghan Rd letter boxes near Coronet Peak Rd

Public bus stop opposite Hotel/ Strike Bowl

8:25  Atley Downs- Arthurs Point

McChesney Rd- Arthurs Point

8:35  St Joseph’s Primary School
8:40  Queenstown Primary School

Returns via reverse route by approx 15:30 pm.

 

9079  ARTHURS POINT/ HUNTER ROAD

8:10  Cnr Hunter Rd and Malaghan Rd

Cnr Hunter Rd and Mooney Rd

8:15  Cnr Speargrass /Domain/Littles Rd

Cnr Domain/ Lower Shotover Rd

8:25  Wakatipu High School

Meet Transfer bus - Wakatipu High School

Returns via reverse route by approx 15:45 pm.

 

9080  CLOSEBURN/ FERNHILL

8:10  Fisherman's Lane. Turnaround here.

Glenorchy Rd

8:25  Arawata Ter (Primary ONLY) lower and upper stops.
8:30  Fernhill Rd/Greenstone Place (Primary ONLY)

Fernhill Rd/Cameron Place  (Primary ONLY) public stop.

8:40  Queenstown Primary School

Returns via reverse route by approx 3:45pm

 

9075  JACKS POINT/ KELVIN HEIGHTS/ LAKESIDE ESTATE

7:35  Boyd Rd
7:40  Lakeside Estate entrance (Primary and Secondary)
7:45  Maori Jack Rd opposite Morrison Dr  (Primary Schools Only)
7:45  Maori Jack Rd near Mcadam Dr  (Primary Schools Only)
7:50  Jacks Point Rise (lower)  (Primary Schools Only)
7:50  Jacks Point Rise (upper) (Primary Schools Only)
8:05  Poplar Drive Kelvin Heights. (Primary Schools Only)

All public stops along Kelvin Heights Peninsula.  (Primary Only)

8:25  Wakatipu High School
8:30  Meet Transfer bus - Wakatipu High School

Returns via the reverse route by approx 4:15pm

 

9189  QUAIL RISE/TUCKER BEACH (This is the transfer bus)


7:50  Quail Rise Public bus stop. Secondary, QPS and St Joseph's.
8:00  Tucker Beach. Secondary, QPS and St Joseph's.
8:20  Wakatipu High School

Meet other buses carrying students for Kingsview, St Joseph's, Queenstown Primary

8:35  Kingsview School
8:45  St Joseph's
8:50  Queenstown Primary School

Returns via the same route arriving approx 3.50pm

 

9076  LAKE HAYES ESTATE/ FRANKTON ROAD

NOTE: this bus replaces the 2017 FRANKTON EXPRESS BUS which will not operate anymore.
Note: The Douglas St bus stop will cease to operate due to difficulty exiting onto Kawerau Rd with bridge traffic

8:00  #7 Sylvan St

#49 Sylvan St

#15 Erskine St

#36 Erskine St

8:10  #18 Hope Ave

#50 Onslow Rd

#22 Onslow Rd, then via Jones Rd, Stalker Rd (Route only, no pick ups)

8:20  Remarkables Crescent Shelter
8:25  Frankton Bus Shelter
8:30  Frankton Rd all public stops.
8:40  St Joseph’s Primary
8:45  Queenstown Primary School

Returns via the reverse route arriving Lake Hayes around 3.50pm

NOTE:
The following THREE bus routes are new and replace the 2017 SPEARGRASS/DALEFIELD route
Please check carefully the route, stops and times that will best suit your child(ren).

 

9082  ARROWTOWN/SPEARGRASS FLAT


8:00  Arrowtown Primary School
8:05  Adamson Street 4 Square (take half)
8:15  Speargrass Flat Rd. Picks up heading WEST
8:25  Meet Transfer bus - Wakatipu High School

Returns via the reverse route arriving approx 3.55pm

 

9074  ARROWTOWN/ MALAGHAN ROAD/ LOWER SHOTOVER

8:05  Adamson St 4 Square (take half)
8:10  Butel Park/ Millbrook entrance
8:15  Cnr Lower Shotover/ Slopehill
8:25  Meet Transfer bus - Wakatipu High School

Returns via the reverse route arriving approx 4:00pm

 

9191  ARROWTOWN/GIBBSTON

7:50  Gibbston Tavern

Gibbston Highway

Rapleys Close

Arrow Junction

Centennial Ave - McDonnell Rd

8:05  Jopp St
8:10  Lake Hayes Rd
8:15  Lake Hayes Pavillion
8:25  Meet Transfer bus - Wakatipu High School

Returns via the reverse route arriving approx 4:15pm

You will need to complete a form for each child who will be taking the bus this term via the following link:

https://goo.gl/forms/g1xhzHgsVmdC6ffF2

If you have any queries, please contact us at the School Office on 442 9120. As with any change, there will be a bedding in process to go through, but we are confident that it won't be long before we are all 'in the swing' of the new system.