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Public transport patronage has risen in all the main centres over the past ten years except for earthquake-disrupted Christchurch.


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Core dashboard information


Public transport boardings. Boardings include SuperGold Card passengers, who ride for free.

Boardings are the number of passengers that board public transport services. Patronage that is reported on is related to:

all contracted/funded services

all commercial services available to the public and recorded in the region’s passenger transport register or regional passenger transport plan, unless they are considered to be not material or relevant (based on the impact on the transport network)

The following services should not be included:

commercial services not on the passenger transport register or in the regional passenger transport plan, including fare paying school services

Ministry of Education funded services.

Nature of data

Primary source Auckland Transport, Metlink, Environment Canterbury, and NZ Transport Agency
Custodian of data NZ Transport Agency
URL This data has not been previously published in one place. Data for Auckland is available at https://at.govt.nz/about-us/reports-publications/at-metro-patronage-report/. Data for Wellington is available at https://www.metlink.org.nz/customer-services/public-transport-facts-and-figures/patronage/.
Frequency Annual


Quality of the data


Next Update February