Transport for elderly in the Hutt Valley

Stepping out and avoiding the irks of travel

Accessing affordable transport services allows you to be independent and stay involved with your community.

You'll find below support for a variety of transport options available in the Hutt Valley for the elderly - from independent vehicle driving and motorised tricycles to free driving services, buses, trains and taxis. 

If you are unable to drive or use public transport you can access 50% discounted taxi fares using the Total Mobility scheme phone Metlink 0800 801 7000 (freephone).


Walking and cycling for the elderly

Walkable communities

As you age over 70 chances are you will make more and more of your journeys as a pedestrian. It's a great way to keep fit and in touch with your community. Do keep an eye out for those pesky uneven pavements and high kerbs and go carefully at dangerous road crossings. If you are keen you could join a walking group for seniors in the Hutt Valley.

Cycling for seniors

Cycling is a fun way to get out and about. Did you know there are motorized tricycles to add some spice to your journeys? Visit TrikesNZ 11 5-117 Oxford St, Levin Ph 06 368 5459.

There are some wonderful cycling opportunities in the Hutt Valley. The Hutt River Trail is scenic and flat and there are many stop off points from Birchville to Petone. Visit journeyplanner.org.nz to plan your cycling trips. 

Here are some cycling groups in the Hutt Valley for seniors -

      Transport for seniors and elderly in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt
  Dressed up and no where to go? Visit the senior activities page.

This is Volker Grunert, runner up in the Rembrandt Fashion in the Field 2013 competition. Photo kindly supplied by Hutt News.


Using wheelchair or mobility scooters in the Hutt Valley 

Mobility scooter training

Ministry of Transport has a good brochure on using your mobility scooter safely, it's well worth a read. 

Joining a mobility scooter group is a good way to learn safety tips and training. Epuni Mobility Centre runs courses email ph 04 577 1188 or 021 2 GET MOBILE www.mobilitycentre.co.nz

Public transport and mobility devices

Here is a link to wheelchair accessible buses in the Hutt Valley. Mobile scooters cannot go on buses due to weight restrictions but Hutt City Taxis is able to carry you and your mobility scooter to your chosen destination, ph 570 0057. Some trains and train stations are more accessible to wheelchair and mobility scooters than others depending on which line and which train type you are travelling on. Phone ahead to check before beginning your journey Metlink 0800 801700.

Westfield Queensgate has a free mobility service

Next time you are shopping at Westfield Queensgate you might like to enquire about their free mobility service at the Customer Service Desk. Take some photo ID. Cnr Queens Drive and Bunny Street, Lower Hutt ph 04 922 3500 email.

Suppliers of mobility devices in the Hutt Valley
  • Mobility Centre is locate at 103 Copeland Street, Epuni and has Wellington's largest range of mobility and healthcare equipment. Visit the shop or trial the product in the comfort of your own residence anywhere throughout the greater Wellington region. Ph (04) 577 1188 or 0800 2 GET MOBILE (0800 243 866)
  • Mobility and Beyond are suppliers of disability products for sale or hire including mobility scooters, wheelchairs, walkers to support independent living for handicapped and disabled people or those with medical conditions or injury. Contact 44 Cedar Street, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt ph 04 5892014
  • Mobility for Independence 

Driving independently around the Hutt Valley

Free programmes to keep you safe on the road

Older drivers are some of the safest drivers on New Zealand roads. AA offers free programmes and advice to help keep you driving with confidence -

  • Carfit is a free programme for older drivers to help set up your car so you can achieve as good as possible a personal fit to your vehicle, improving comfort and safety. The individualised check takes about 20 minutes per driver and vehicle. 
    Carfit courses in the Hutt Valley -
    Upper Hutt: contact Chris Brooks ph 04 526 6401 
    Lower Hutt: ?
  • AA frequently asked questions for senior drivers
  • here is a link to an american website for senior driving which despite being on the opposite side of the road has some good information and is worth a visit seniordriving.aaa.com
Driving licence renewal

At age 75, 80 and every 2 years after that you must obtain a medical certificate for driving licence from your doctor. Visit NZ Transport Agency for more information.

Mobility carparks in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt

Mobility parking stickers are issued by CCS Disability Action. Phone 0800 227 2255 or 04 568 9000 to obtain a sticker. For a map of disability carparks in the Hutt Valley -

Vehicle modifications
  • EnableNZ, for assistance contact ph 0800 ENABLE
  • Mobility for independence, provides mobility aids, ramps, scooter and wheelchair lifts and driving aids to help you retain your independence

Volunteer driving for the elderly in the Hutt Valley

The following free volunteer driving services are available for elderly in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. 

If you know of any other community groups offering transport services for the eldery please contact us.

Wainuiomata Friendship group Chat'n'Chill Wainuiomata
Offer return rides to the group 
Ph 04 564 7366
Eastern Bays Okiwi Trust Volunteer Drivers Service
Point Howard and Eastbourne residence only
Free Ph 0800 65 4942
Stokes Valley  Coffee Tea Gang, Stokes Valley Community House Thursday 10.30am–12.00pm Pickups are available Ph Wendy 04 972 5758
Upper Hutt Upper Hutt Red Cross 
offers free transport for elderly in Upper Hutt City visiting doctor, dentist, chemist, medical centre. The driver waits and takes them home again.
Ph 04 528 9162 
  Upper Hutt Akatarawa Cemetery Drive
last Tues of every month 
free door-to-door service 
transport courtesy Gee Hickton Funeral Directors
Ph 04 528 2331  


Taxis transport for elderly in the Hutt Valley

Total Mobility discount
Transport for Seniors in the Hutt Valley

If you have difficulty accessing and using public transport phone Metlink 0800 801 7000 (freephone) and they will organise an assessor to visit and see if you are entitled to a Total Mobility subsidy.  

This will mean you can travel by taxi anywhere in the Hutt Vally with a 50% discount on door-to-door transport (usually by taxi) .  Find out more on nzta.govt.nz

Taxi services in the Hutt Valley
  • Hutt and City Taxis Ltd operates in the Hutt Valley and has mobility vans which are wheelchair accessible. Total Mobility vouchers are accepted. Booking Phone: (04) 57 000 57 or Freephone: 0800 50 57 57
  • Wellington Combined Taxis ph 04 384 444150 Adelaide Rd, Mt Cook 6021
  • Driving Miss Daisy operates within the Hutt Valley and includes assistance with a walker or wheelchair. Ph 0800 948 432

Driving Miss Daisy offers transport in the Hutt


Hutt Valley public transport 65+

Free public transport for SuperGold card members

As a Hutt Valley SuperGold card member you are entitled to free public transport on Metlink buses, trains and ferries - weekdays between 9am-3pm and 6.30pm-end of service and anytime weekends and public holidays.

Metlink: buses, trains and ferries

You can view timetable or ph 0800 801 700 and this link provides accessibility information for kneeling buses, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and visual and hearing impairments. 


Transport subsidies for 65+

Total Mobility Subsidy

Those unable to access public transport may be entitled to Total Mobility (50% discount on taxi fares in the Hutt Valley). Phone Metlink 0800 801 7000 (freephone) and they will organise an assessor to visit and see if you are entitled to a Total Mobility subsidy


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