Thames Connector public bus service

Take the Thames Connector bus for your next trip into town. It runs between Tararu and the Booms in Parawai taking in many convenient stops in the central business district of Thames.

Thames Connector logo

Thames Connector is a public bus service service providing cheap, reliable transport within Thames township from 9am-3pm Monday to Friday. After a six-month trial concluding in May 2018, the service was extended for a year with the possibility of a two-year renewal after that if passenger use continues to be strong.

Route and timetable

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Thames Connector route and schedule flyer

The service provides low-cost transport to convenient locations in the Thames town centre between Tararu and Parawai.

The cost per ride is $2 for adults, $1 for children (16 and under), children under five travel free, and Super Gold Card holders travel for free.

Thames Taxis was the supplier chosen after a competitive tender process and is using a brand-new 17-seater Ford Transit mini-bus.

The Thames Community Board approved $39,000 for the trial and Richardsons Real Estate contributed $10,000.

As the trial was deemed a success, the service now qualifies for New Zealand Transport Agency's 51% subsidy.

"By providing low-cost, reliable public transport to popular and convenient locations in the Thames CBD, we're offering mobility to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to get out and about so easily," says Thames Community Board Chair Diane Connors.

"It's also about investing in our future, and building social inclusion and connectivity in Thames," says Mrs Connors. "That's why we've called it Thames Connector."

Waikato Regional Council holds the contract with Thames Taxis because regional councils have jurisdiction over public transport.

We welcome your feedback on the Thames Connector service. Contact us on 07 868 0200 or customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz and write "Thames Connector" in the email subject line.