Bus Transport

Whangarei Girls' High School is well served by a network of free Ministry of Education bus runs, and also private, fare-paying services.

New students will get some bus information on Orientation Day, but it is well worth ringing the bus contractor to check times and exact pick up points. A purpose built Bus Bay shared with Whangarei Boys' High School provides safe loading and unloading of Bus students.

Free Bus Services

This service is provided by the Ministry of Education for students who generally live outside the Whangarei City area (more than 4.8 km from the School). The transport is free from WGHS out to the mid-way point of the next nearest secondary school. Beyond this point students may be responsible for their own transport of may face a charge. Students inside the 4.8km are expected by the Ministry of Education to use city fare-paying services or find their own way to school.

Students living outside the WGHS ZONE but on a MOE bus route

Students who do not attend their nearest high school but choose to attend WGHS will be able to travel on available Ministry buses (where there is room on them). This is by mutual agreement amongst most of the local secondary schools. However these students will have to pay a nominal set fare of $3 per trip. So, for example, students North/East of Whangarei can travel on a Ministry bus as far as Kamo High School or Tikipunga High School, and then travel the rest of the way to Whangarei Girls' High School on our pay "link" buses. Students from Ruakaka/Bream Bay, however, have no bus travel. The nearest pick up is the Maungakaramea turnoff on SH1.

Transport Subsidy

In zone students who live more than 2.4 km from their nearest Ministry bus route to school, may be eligible for a transport subsidy from the Ministry of Education. Information is available on the Ministry of Education website.

Please contact the contractor of the service you wish to use for precise details of running times and/or pick up points.

Route Type of Service Contractor
Onerahi Free – Ministry Service Ritchies / Caves (Airport)
Whangarei Heads/ Pataua
Parua Bay / Waikaraka
Free – Ministry Service Ritchies
Maunu, Maungatapere / Kara Free – Ministry Service Ritchies / Caves (Kara Rd)
Whatatiri/Dargaville(Pompallier bus) Part charge ($2) Ritchies
Portland, Otaika Valley,Maungakaramea turnoff Free – Ministry Service Ritchies
Ruakaka / Bream Bay Private transport service - Waipu/Ruakaka/One Tree Point Leabourn Passenger Service.
Ph 09 423 7416
Ph 021 053 0051
Glenbervie, Parahaki, Whareora Glenbervie school, Harris Road, Whareora Road, Mill Rd- Free service Ritchies
Matapouri, Ngunguru Ministry Service ($2), then paid "link" service using Normans Tiki bus Ritchies
North of Kamo Ministry Service ($2), then paid "link" service also $2 (or fare-paying Normans service) Ritchies
Morningside, Raumanga Fare-paying Service Ritchies
Tikipunga, Kamo via Corks Rd Fare-paying Service Ritchies
Whau Valley, Kamo, Hikurangi Fare-paying Service Ritchies


  • Ritchies: Ph 438 7142
  • Whangarei Bus Services: Ph 438 6005
  • Kevin Dean, Whangarei Girls' High School, Bus Coordinator: Ph 430 4402