Puke Ariki (museum education) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre offer subsidised bus transport to schools to enable participation in education programmes.

The subsidised education bus has been such a great success we’ve had to update the eligibility criteria to ensure the resource is available for schools that need it most.


Schools with a decile rating 1 to 4 will be prioritised to receive a subsidy. Generally schools with a decile rating 5 and above within the New Plymouth District will not receive a subsidy.

A class from an eligible school is able to receive the subsidy once per calendar year. This is to enable a wider distribution of grant funds for eligible schools.

Visits to both Puke Ariki (museum education) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, on the same day, in a rotation style are preferred and will be given preference especially for classes Y2/3 and above. We understand with younger year groups this is not always feasible or beneficial. Our educators can adjust the lesson length if necessary for a rotation to occur.

We encourage schools to fill the bus by bringing at least 20 students. Please note class size at Puke Ariki (museum education) is capped at 30 students due to our education spaces.

Booking Guidelines

  • Book your education programme/s and let us know if you are interested in the bus subsidy. We will let you know if you are eligible and to what amount.
  • Preapproval from Puke Ariki (museum education) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery will need to be gained before booking buses with Tranzit.
  • Once approval is given an email will be sent to Tranzit and the booking teacher to confirm eligibility and level of the subsidy.
  • Now please contact Tranzit on 06 757 5783 to book your transport.
  • Transport is only available to and from Puke Ariki (museum education) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.

If you would like more information before you book please contact us on 06 759 6710 or send us an email.

We gratefully acknowledge the Toi Foundation for providing the funding for these subsidies.