Christmas shopping? It's a wrap with extra Saturday buses

With gift-buying season hitting its peak, Taranaki people and their families can take advantage of extra Saturday bus services if they need to hit the shops.

Nine New Plymouth Citylink services, including Bell Block/Waitara, and the Connector service linking Opunake, Hāwera, Stratford, Inglewood and New Plymouth, will run on the three remaining Saturdays before Christmas. Timetable and route details are at link).

“Town gets very busy at this time of year but by getting the bus, at least you don’t have to face the stress of traffic and parking,” says Chris Clarke, Transport Services
Manager for the Taranaki Regional Council which provides the Citylink and Connector services through its contractors Tranzit Coachlines and Pickering Motors.

He says it’s an ideal option, particularly for families.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer these services in the run-up to Christmas, as part of the Council’s focus on improving lifestyles in Taranaki,” says Chris. “If these services are well supported, we will be able to offer them in future years. It’s a case of use it or lose it.”