Wellington trolley buses for sale on Trade Me

The buses in storage.
The buses in storage. Photo credit: Trademe

A number of Wellington's retired trolley buses are up for sale - for as little as $10,000 each.

The electric trolley buses were taken off the roads in 2017 and the wires they ran on were removed as they were voted too expensive to maintain.

The plan was to convert them to hybrid-electric engines - but the technology wasn't ready so they were replaced by diesel buses. 

Now, 58 of the retired buses them are for sale on Trade Me, listed by Auckland man Wayne Henry. 

Bought from NZ Bus for an undisclosed amount, the buses will have all their interiors stripped before they are sold.

While the buses are no longer mobile, Henry suggests they could become pie shops, tiny homes or baches - or in fact, any number of things. 

"Is it a museum piece? Is it a spare room for that self-sufficient teen, not ready to leave home?" he writes. 

"These former Wellington trolley buses are just screaming for a new life or the next chapter in an ever-evolving history of what was or can be.

"It's only limited by your imagination". 

The buses can be delivered across the county, and Wellingtonians keen to buy their little piece of history can make an appointment to view one of the buses at a storage unit in the capital.