The Society exists to "foster an intelligent interest in road passenger transport" - in short we are "busnuts".
The Society grew out of the late lamented OMNIBUS BULLETIN, which served to bring together a number of like minded individuals, some of who knew of each other, and others who thought they were "the only bus enthusiast in New Zealand".
First there was the Morris Commercial, and then there was 3583 and now there are more than 30 buses in our collection (see Fleet page). These keep those of us of a more practical bent occupied with restoration, operation and ongoing repairs and maintenance.
Others are more sedate in their passion, and collect information and photos of buses and coaches, documenting the make up of both the national fleet and individual operators. Its quite remarkable how fast things change when you look back, but don't notice at the time!
Both interest sections come together to ride buses, visit depots, and meet socially - often with guest speakers who can widen our knowledge of an industry which is vital to the efficient functioning of New Zealand's larger cities and is enjoying a resurgence in some of the smaller ones as well. The industry in which we share an interest is also a vital part of the tourism industry, which makes a major contribution to our countries economic performance.
The Society does not have a permanent home with buses and archival materials spread around a number of locations. The main base of operations is currently in Gracefield, Lower Hutt, with ongoing maintenance and restoration work carried out there. If you are intersted in getting involved, contact the President to find out about upcoming work days. Other buses are stored in the Wairarapa and Kapiti regions and bus trips to view these occur periodically.
The Society works hard to raise funds through bus charters and hiring vehicles for movie and advertising work. If you need a bus for any of these roles, please get in touch. A number of our vehicles are currently stored outside so if you happen to have inside storage, again let us know. The Society is a registered charity and any donations made are tax deductable. Drivers for charters and people to assist with maintenance are always needed too - everything from bus cleaning to mechanical and panel beating work - every little bit helps.
Club President and information requests:
Membership fees are $30 waged, $15 non-waged each calendar year. Membership forms can be
The Treasurer, The Omnibus Society,Or click here to download
30 Abilene Cres, Churton Park, Wellington
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