Auckland bus operations

Auckland bus operations

Howick and Eastern has operated as a local company for over 60 years, founded by local man Tom Hadfield in 1939, the company was originally called Eastern Buses.


A proud local history

The business has operated as a local company for over 60 years. It has grown from two buses to more than 156 in 2019.

Founded by local man Tom Hadfield in 1939 at Eastern Beach, the company was originally called Eastern Buses. The company moved to Bucklands Beach 12 months later. Tom Hadfield died in 1952, but his legacy remained and with each passing year the company continued to grow. In 1962 Eastern Buses took over Howick Buses and the story continues.

Three generations have put their stamp on the family business. Tom’s daughter Audrey Dalbeth, her husband Lionel and their son Bill have all worked for the company., Audrey was the company director since 1963 – Bill was made Company Manager in 1994, Audrey says her father was a kind and reasonable man, who listened to people. The late Jack Wells who managed the business from 1955 to 1995 agrees. He fondly remembered the late Tom Hadfield as a likeable man who worked hard.

Tom was very much a straight shooter. He would never ask you to do something that he would not do himself. He himself had risen through the ranks.

Bill says that today’s success has come from a lot of hard work over 60 years, the ability to look forward and the burgeoning of the south east area.


In 2008 the Dalbeth family sold the business to a Scottish transport tycoon Sir Brian Souter of Souter Holdings Limited. During this time the business still continued with the same ethics as Tom Hadfield and that is the culture still driven to this day. The business is still very much embedded into the Howick culture and features in the Howick Historical Village.


In November 2019 Sir Brian Souter sold the business to Transdev a multi – modal international company. Another chapter begins, develops and evolves.


People are our number one priority, so if you enjoy the one to one contact with the public, are able to contend with traffic delays and different driving styles, a bus driving career may be what you are looking for.


Howick & Eastern Buses look for staff with a safe driving record and a sound work history.

Employment as a bus driver gives you flexible hours and job satisfaction. As an employer, Howick & Eastern Buses is able to provide stable employment and excellent working conditions.
If you do not have a drivers licence and wish to take this opportunity to become a driver, you must have held your current class 1 car licence for 2 years.


You must be a NZ Citizen or eligible to work in New Zealand for more than a one year period.

If this sounds like you come in and see one of our friendly staff to fill out the current application form or email and we will send to you all the appropriate data.

Contact us : Howick & Eastern Buses Limite

  • Postal address: PO Box 58330, Botany, Auckland 2163
  • Physical Address: 380 Ti Rakau Drive, Burswood, Auckland 2013
  • General Enquires: [email protected]
  • Charter Enquiries: [email protected]

Contact and Feedback Details

Office Hours

  • Monday to Friday 7:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday & Public Holidays 8:00am to 4:00pm

Lost Property Enquiries

Please contact (09) 273 3660 or you can email us at [email protected]
Remember to give us a detailed description of any lost item including:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Bus Number
  • Color
  • Model
  • Unique or distinquishing marks

The more timely the information is received the more likely we are to be able to successfully find it ready for your pick up.