Our History

Reuniting Kiwis since 1924

Getting from A to B is a breeze with Tranzit Coachlines. But travel isn’t just about where you’re going; it’s also about remembering where you’ve been.

The same is true with our story. In 1924 Albert Snelgrove launched a fleet of grey buses under the very imaginative name Grey Bus Service. In the early 50's the colour of his buses changed, so Grey Bus Service became Blue Bus Service. Finally in 1985, as the company began to gain nationwide traction, we became Tranzit Coachlines, and today we are one of the largest family-owned and operated coach companies in New Zealand.

Tranzit is now in our fourth generation of operation, with two of Albert’s grandsons, Paul and Keven, at the helm. Not to be outdone, all seven of our directors are Snelgrove descendants too. We are incredibly proud of our strong Kiwi roots, so we felt very privileged when we were given the opportunity to become the official coach transport provider for Rugby World Cup 2011. And since then, we’ve been involved with just about every major sporting event in New Zealand, including FIFA U-20 2015, Cricket World Cup 2015 and the IRB Junior World Championships.

These days we employ over 1000 staff and operate over 1000 vehicles from Cape Reinga to Bluff. We have depots in Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North, Wanganui, New Plymouth and Masterton, which give us the flexibility to meet any transport requirement, big or small, all over New Zealand. Our 10 North Island-based workshops give us a competitive edge over other coach companies, because we have all the equipment and staff needed to service our fleet whenever we need to. Plus, our vehicles are regularly independently inspected by Vehicle Testing New Zealand to ensure they’re always in ship-shape condition. Year after year we’re consistently given high ORS safety ratings which means we’re regarded as a safe and reliable operator by the New Zealand Transport Association.

Tranzit upholds traditional family and small-town values. We’re honest, trustworthy and no-fuss, which means when you deal with us we guarantee you’ll receive the best service – and always with a smile.

To find out how Tranzit can get you to your next occasion, contact us now for a free quote.

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Just a quick note to say thank you for the professional and seamless transport during our weekend conference activities. You and your team were so helpful and flexible it made the logistical side of things a breeze. STIHL SHOP