Shuttle back for holiday travel

Local authorities are promising Western Bay of Plenty residents holidaying in the Coromandel a hassle-free summer when it comes to ‘getting from A-to-B’.

The Waikato Regional Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council are working together to provide the Mercury Bay shuttle over the summer holiday season.

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The regional council’s transport operations manager, Edwin Swaris, says the shuttle has proven popular over the previous three summers and it is back again.

He says it offers an easy way of day-tripping to Hot Water, Hahei and Cooks beaches.

The hourly service will operate daily between 10am and 5pm starting Wednesday, December 28 through until Monday, February 6.

Pick-up and drop-off times coincide with the ferries to and from Whitianga.

Edwin says this will save people from the parking hassle around Ferry Landing and at the beaches.

An additional evening service will operate on New Year’s Eve, running through to the early hours of New Year’s Day.

“The New Year’s Eve service allows you to leave the driving to us, freeing you up to party with family and friends,” says Edwin.


Child $2

Adult $3

Family $7 (two children and two adults)

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