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About Us

We were established in the 1930s by Connie and Ted Pickering in Opunake, South Taranaki. In the 1950s Ted and Connie's sons Gerald and Peter joined the family firm in which they continued for several years. Gerald later retired with his daughter Tracey stepping into his role. From the beginning Pickering Motors has offered quality service and equipment.

We offer:

  • Bus Charters
  • Car & Minivan Hire
  • Trailer & Horsefloat Hire
  • Scaffold Hire

Our services:

  • Opunake to New Plymouth link service

7:00am Monday mornings leaving Opunake on route to New Plymouth, drop off's in New Plymouth include, Secondary Schools, Base Hospital, Witt (Bell Street), & city centre. Departs Ariki street bus stop 8.15am to return to Opunake. Drop off and pick ups on Main road.

2.30pm Fridays leave Opunake on route to New Plymouth (stops same as above) leaves NP Ariki street for return via Hospital at 4.00pm.

All stops are on demand and bookings essential. Any questions and bookings please phone 0800 22 11 20

OR for regular travellers txt 027 487 8517 at least 12 hours before scheduled departure.

Please note: If Monday is a public holiday the service will run on Tuesday. This service runs in conjunction with Secondary & Witt terms and courses.

  • The Connector Bus service

Runs between Opunake-Hawera-New Plymouth, Monday - Friday(excludes public holidays).

The Connector bus leaves Opunake at 6am traveling south to Manaia following on to Hawera. There are two stops in Hawera which include both the hospital and I-site. The bus makes four trips to New Plymouth, returning to Hawera each time. The bus stops for pick up's and drop off's in Normanby, Eltham, Stratford, Midhirst and Inglewood then three designated stops within New Plymouth which include WITT, Egmont street (city centre) and base hospital . The bus will also go to Weymouth house and Fulford clinic by appointment only (the bookings should only be made through the hospital or clinic itself).

For the first and last run of the day, bookings are essential and must be made the day prior to departure.

Please feel free to call us on 0800 26 63 28 or send us an email with any questions around bookings fares or any general inquiries.

For more information on this service visit or look up our facebook page

  • The South Link service

Runs between Opunake and New Plymouth once per day every Friday (excludes public holidays)

The bus departs from the Opunake TSB Bank at 9.15am and heads North to New Plymouth. On demand the bus is able to make stops for pick ups and drop offs in Rahotu, Parihaka, Pungarehu, Okato, Oakura.

The Bus returns to Opunake at 1.30pm from the New Plymouth bus centre.

Bookings are essential.

For more information on this service feel free to visit or look up our facebook page 

  • Local School Bus Runs

We are contracted by the Opunake Schools Transport Group to carry out transport for children to and from schools. We cover a wide area from north of Pungarehu to Manaia and Kaponga.

For information on our Child Protection Policy or for any other queries regarding these services please contact us.

  • Postal Services

We are contracted by New Zealand Post to carry out local postal delivery in the following areas:

  • RD 31, RD 32, RD 34 & RD 35
  • Opunake township
  • Manaia township
  • Courier Post for all of the above.