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Published: 2012-12-20 00:00:00

The region’s public transport users are being encouraged to check bus timetables online for temporary service changes being introduced for the festive season.

Data for previous years shows a sharp drop in patronage over the Christmas-New Year period due to school and university holidays and many businesses closing. So, most BUSIT services across the region will operate to special holiday period timetables. 

To find out more, visit www.busit.co.nz or call 0800 4 BUSLINE (0800 4 2875 463). 

Meanwhile, the BUSIT counter at the transport centre in Hamilton will close at lunchtime on Monday 24 December, reopening on Thursday 3 January. 

Hamilton Christmas-New Year services:

  • All Hamilton city routes will run a public holiday service on 25, 26 December and 1, 2 January. A Sunday service will run on 30 December, with a Saturday service operating on 27, 28, 29, 31 December, and 3, 4 and 5 January.
  • The Rototuna Direct will not operate between 25 December and 28 January. Please use the 4 Flagstaff or 16 Rototuna services during this time. The Rototuna Direct will operate to a new timetable from Monday 29 January.
  • The last Night Rider service for 2012 will be on Saturday 22 December. The service will recommence on Friday 1 February with updated routes and times. 

Huntly Christmas-New Year services:

  • There will be no Huntly to Hamilton service on 25-26 December, and 1-2 January.
  • A limited hourly service will operate on 27, 28 and 31 December, and 3-4 January.
  • A Saturday service will operate as normal on 29 December and 5 January. 

Cambridge to Hamilton service:

  • There is no service on Christmas Day. A public holiday timetable will operate on 26 December, and a Saturday timetable will operate from 27 December to 6 January.  

Te Awamutu to Hamilton service:

  • There is no service on Christmas Day. A public holiday timetable will operate on 26 December, and a Saturday timetable will operate from 27 December to 6 January.
  • A special service will operate to Kihikihi on 27 December and 3 January. 

Raglan

  • A Saturday timetable will operate on 27, 28, 29 and 31 December and 3, 4 and 5 January. A special timetable will operate on 30 December and 6 January.
  • A special summer Sunday service will operate from 16 December 2012 to 3 February 2013, with extra services for New Year holidays, Anniversary Weekend and Waitangi Day.

Taupo

  • There is no service on Christmas Day. A public holiday timetable will operate on 26 December, and a Saturday timetable will operate from 27 December to 6 January.
  • The last day of operation for the Wairakei service is Friday 21 December. It will resume on Monday 11 February.

Paeroa/Morrinsville

  • There will be no service on the public holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s holidays).
  • Services will operate as normal on 27, 28 and 31 December, as well as on 3 and 4 January.