TrackABus NZ has launched real time services for the public in Invercargill, Nelson, Queenstown, Rotorua and Taranaki. We aim to provide real time services to all the small urban bus services in New Zealand to bring this valuable aid to the travelling public across the country.
The TrackABus service for Invercargill went live in April
2015 after a three month trial. Real time information is
provided to the travelling public of Invercargill via web,
mobile web and SMS services. The system uses TrackABus
Locator Units to track the 8 urban vehicles feeding into a
fully automated system that requires minimal management from
The Nelson City Council chose to provide real time services
to the public using the TrackABus system and the solution
was installed, tuned and published in March 2019. TrackABus
continues to work with the council to provide GTFS and other
transport IT related services. Electronic signage for key
stops and the provision of data to the Transit App are
currently in development. Tracking for the weekend Late Bus
service is also being finalised.
The TrackABus Queenstown service in conjunction with
Ritchies, the Otago Regional Council and the NZTA has been
in operation since August 2015. We currently live-tracking
20 Ritchies buses serving the 4 public routes in the wider
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council commissioned a TrackABus
real time service for the Rotorua urban service in November
2015. An initial automated service, based on a 3rd party GPS
feed, was developed but was replaced by a service based on
TrackABus locator units in 2016. Service data was used to
help in a route fine tuning in 2016 after a major service
review in 2016 and the system has been in general use
The TrackABus service for the Connector bus service in
Taranaki went live in April 2015. The Connector service is a
long distance commuter bus that links towns in Taranaki with
New Plymouth. The system uses an ERoad AVL feed to track the
Connector vehicle feeding this information into a fully
automated system that requires minimal management from
regional council staff.
We hope to be able to provide a real time service for
Whangarei in the near future.
We are currently simulating the 2 bus routes operating in
From 2014 to 2017 we provided live-tracking for 12 buses
serving 10 routes in Dunedin on a trial basis with the help
and support of Ritchies. With the introduction of the new
Dunedin route structure and additional Ritchies operated
services we had to discontinue this service.
We are currently simulating the 4 bus routes operating in
We are currently simulating 14 bus routes operating in
Palmerston North and Wanganui.