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. It's being trialled from December 2017 to May 2018 and if passenger numbers warrant, the service will be extended.

Route and timetable

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Thames Connector route and schedule flyer

The six-month trial of our public bus service runs from Monday 4 December, until May 2018, providing 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) 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 has contributed $10,000.

"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. The success of the six-month trial will be based on passenger numbers, so the more people use it, the greater the chances the trial will be extended and attract the NZ Transport Agency subsidy of 51%."

Waikato Regional Council holds the contract with Thames Taxis because regional councils have jurisdiction over public transport. Plus, this allows our Council to benefit from the NZTA subsidy if the trial is deemed a success and the Thames Connector service is continued.

After three months the route and timetable will be reviewed and amended if necessary, so we welcome your feedback. Contact us on 07 868 0200 or and write "Thames Connector" in the email subject line.