Students and seniors

Student sitting on the bus

Travel cheaper or free with a SuperGold or Cando Card.

Cando card

Cheaper travel for students under 18 years old

A Cando card is an ID card that some high schools in Canterbury use. They work exactly the same way as Metrocards, offering discounts, fare caps and the ability to top-up online. They are issued by high schools at the beginning of each year.

If you're under 18, you will be charged a child fare using a Cando card on the bus. If you turn 18 during the school year, the card will automatically change to an adult card.

To see if your school uses Cando cards please contact your school reception.

For more information or if your school does not have Cando cards and you would like to purchase one visit

SuperGold card

65 and over and veterans travel free nationwide

SuperGold card holders travel free on all off-peak Metro bus and ferry service. It's our way of saying 'thank you' to our seniors and veterans. The SuperGold card is free for all eligible New Zealand residents aged 65 years or over and those under 65 who receive the New Zealand Superannuation or the Veteran's Pension.

Off-peak travel is between 9am and 3pm, after 6:30pm weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays. When boarding, simply present your SuperGold card to the driver.  If you're unsure about whether a particular service applies, give us a call on 03 366 88 55.

Between 25 December 2021 and 4 January 2022 Metro operate weekend timetables due to the holiday period. SuperGold cards will be accepted all day between 25 December and 4 January, on 5 January the normal weekday rules above will apply.

How do I apply for a SuperGold card?

To apply for a card, or for further information on eligibility and discounts, visit, email or call 0800 25 45 65.