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New Coromandel to Rotorua bus service joins the spots

A new direct bus service between Coromandel town and Rotorua has arrived and Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga is 100 percent on board.

Paeroa stop

RotoruaBusA long time campaigner for better public transport in rural communities, he eagerly greeted Sarni Hart and Willie Lochore from Coromandel Adventures this week, at their first of many stops in Paeroa.

He says this is an exciting initiative with huge benefits for Hauraki, both in tourism opportunities and everyday connectivity for residents.

“There are many people in our isolated rural communities without access to private vehicles and it’s important they’re able to stay connected to other communities around them,” he said, “This is more critical than ever as our rural populations age and people are potentially trapped through lack of transport options. They shouldn’t have to make a choice between being cut off or moving to the cities.”

5 day service at present

Run by Coromandel Adventures, the new service leaves Coromandel town at 7.30am and reaches Rotorua at 11.40am, with stops in Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Matamata, and Tirau. The return trip departs Rotorua at 12:50pm and arrives back in Coromandel Town at approximately 5pm. It is currently running five days a week from Monday to Friday and from October the service is intended to go to 7 days a week.

Booking is essential. In Paeroa reservations can be made through the Paeroa Information Hub 101 Normanby Road Phone: 07 862 8636 email:pae.info@xtra.co.nz.