Grab your sunblock, hat and towel and leave the car keys at the bach, a Mercury Bay shuttle will be operating to take the hassle out of getting to your favourite beaches this summer.
Waikato Regional Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) are running the special summer service for holidaymakers and locals.
People who travel on the Summer Shuttle will have the opportunity to go in the draw to win an iPad, simply by filling in the entry forms available onboard.
The shuttle links Ferry Landing with Cooks, Hahei and Hot Water beaches between 10am and 6pm from Friday 27 December until Monday 27 January. A special New Year’s Eve service will also operate to ensure party goers can travel safely.
The services are timed to coincide with the ferries to and from Whitianga, saving people from the hassle of trying to park near Ferry Landing.
One way Summer Shuttle fares are: Adults $3, children up to the age of 15 $2 and families (2 adults and 2 children) $7. SuperGold is not available on this service.
The popularity of the Hahei to Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle service means it will also be back during the 2013/14 peak holiday period.
The regional council and TCDC have teamed up with the Mercury Bay Community Board to again provide the park and ride service from Friday 27 December until Monday 27 January.
The service takes people up the hill to the start of the Cathedral Cove walking track and operates three times an hour between 10am and 6pm. Return fares are: Adults $3, children $2 and family $7.
It helps to ease traffic congestion and parking hassles at Cathedral Cove, improving safety for pedestrians and other road users.
Thames-based Murphy Buses is contracted to operate the shuttle and park and ride services.
For timetable information, visit www.busit.co.nz.