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Published: 2011-12-20 00:00:00

Buses from Ferry Landing to Hot Water Beach are back, making it a hassle free summer for holidaymakers and locals on the Coromandel.

Waikato Regional Council and Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC) have teamed up to provide the popular Mercury Bay shuttle over the 2011-12 summer holiday season.

Regional council transport operations manager Edwin Swaris said: “The shuttle has proven popular over the previous three summers because 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 from Wednesday, 28 December to Monday, 6 February. It is timed to coincide with the ferries to and from Whitianga, saving 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,” Mr Swaris said.

Fares will be: child $2; adult $3; family $7 (two children and two adults). Any service operating costs over and above the fares received will be met by TCDC and the NZ Transport Agency through the regional council.

Meanwhile, the regional council and TCDC have also teamed up with the Mercury Bay Community Board to again provide a park and ride service between Hahei and Cathedral Cove from Wednesday, 28 December to Sunday, 15 January.

The service helps to ease traffic congestion and parking hassles at Cathedral Cove, improving the safety for pedestrians and other road users.

For more information on the services, including detailed timetables, visit www.busit.co.nz or call 0800 4 BUSLINE (0800 4 2875463).

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