Popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle returns

PRESS RELEASE: Thames Coromandel District Council

The popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle will be operating over the busy 2017/18 summer holiday season, along with longer opening hours at the Hahei Village Entrance car park.

Our Council has joined with Go Kiwi again this summer to provide the park and ride and shuttle bus services, through our peak holiday period. Last summer we carried more than 29000 people up the hill from the Hahei Village Entrance car park to the start of the Cathedral Cove walking track.

The Park and Ride shuttle service is now operating daily until the end of Easter, with some possible exceptions on days when the weather is inclement.

The regular peak summer period service starts on Wednesday 27 December 2017 and runs every day from 9:30am – 6:00pm, until Tuesday 6 February 2018, 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.

“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.

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

From this weekend parking attendants will be working at the top of the Grange Rd to help motorists with parking and boarding the shuttles. From 23 December they will be working at both Grange Rd and Hahei Village Entrance car park over the peak period.

Meanwhile the Go Kiwi Shuttle Bus service is also running for upcoming events in the Coromandel, including the Coroglen Tavern summer concerts, Whitianga Waterways Summer Concert Tour – 28 January 2018 and Taste of Matarangi – 7 April 2018 (link to website).

For more information on the services, including detailed timetables, visit www.go-kiwi.co.nz.

Changes to parking for people walking Paku Hill summit

Signage will soon be installed to promote use of the bottom car park at Paku Drive, Tairua, which is providing space for more cars and a bus.

No stopping lines have been installed on Tirinui Crescent and Paku Drive to stop visitors from parking on residential roads, which has hampered access to private properties and causing safety issues.

“More people are walking up to the summit, and so to manage parking and driving up this narrow, windy road, we are encouraging people, and tour bus operators, to park at the memorial reserve car park,” says Bob Renton, Community Board Chair for Tairua-Pauanui.

Space for 17 car parks has now been made available compared with 8 that there was room for previously at the memorial reserve carpark.

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