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Summer Park and Ride and shuttle services available for Cathedral Cove visitors.

19 December 2016

The popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle, along with a shuttle bus service from Whitianga and Ferry Landing through to Hahei and Hot Water Beach will be operating over the busy 2016/17 summer holiday season.

Our Council has joined with Go Kiwi to provide the park and ride and shuttle bus services over December and January, as well as during the Waitangi Day long weekend. Last summer we carried more than 27,000 people up the hill from Hahei to the start of the Cathedral Cove walking track.

(The newly constructed Hahei Village Entrance car park opens Boxing Day. The image above is the site for the Park and Ride service taking visitors to the start of the Cathedral Cove walk.)

The Park and Ride shuttle service will operate from 10am to 6pm daily from the 26 December, departing every 20 minutes from the purpose-built Hahei Village Entrance car park on Hahei Beach Road.

Return park and ride shuttle fares are: $5 adults, $3 children for children up to 15 years, $10 families (up to 2 adults and 2 children). Passengers with prepaid tickets will get priority loading.
Meanwhile the Go Kiwi Shuttle Bus service also runs from Whitianga and Ferry Landing to Hahei and Hot Water Beach every day.

You can find booking prices and timetables here.

"We realise we need to look at how we manage the growing number of visitors within our area and that traffic and parking need managing," says Mercury Bay Community Board chairperson Paul Kelly. "These services help to relieve traffic congestion in some of our region's favourite holiday destinations, as well as improving the safety for pedestrians and other road users and are also extremely popular," he says.

We will also have parking attendants will be working in the Hahei Beach Road car park, as well as at the top of the hill at Grange Rd, to help motorists with parking and boarding the shuttles.

"For the safety of other road users and locals living along Grange Road and neighbouring streets, visitors are strongly urged to use the Hahei Beach Road car park. Parking up the hill creates dangerous obstacles and blocks access to residential properties," says Mercury Bay Area Office Manager Allan Tiplady.

(Map of Hahei Village entrance carpark)