Waikato Regional Council is celebrating summer by extending the Orbiter service to include the Hamilton Gardens on weekends.
As an added bonus, passengers paying the normal fare to the gardens will be able to return home free.
The regional council’s BUSIT team has been working closely with contractors Go Bus and the Hamilton Gardens on ways to make it easier for garden lovers, adventurous families and foodies to get to the international award winning destination.
“The gardens are even busier over summer, so we’re excited to be providing regular buses on weekends to make it easier for people to get there and home again,” said Andrew Wilson, council public operations manager.
The new summer timetable for Orbiter services came into effect on Saturday (1 December).
Both clockwise and anticlockwise Orbiter buses will travel into the bus stop in Gate One of the gardens around every 20 minutes on weekends and public holidays through to 7 April 2019.
During this period, Orbiter services will also run later on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
“We’ve timed the last bus for foodies attending Gourmet in the Gardens, leaving in the half hour after its 8pm finish time,” Mr Wilson said.
Hamilton Gardens business development manager Tamsin Webb said: “We’re delighted people have another way to get to and from Hamilton Gardens during the weekends.
“We encourage people to use this service which takes the hassle out of finding a carpark during busy days,” Ms Webb said.