Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The vine hopper

Fullers launched a new bus service on Waiheke, the Vineyard Hopper Bus, but the route and frequency are only aimed at tourists who don't want to drink and drive to and from vineyard tasting rooms and restaurants. It's of little use to locals wanting to get around by public transport. This remains still very much a challenge.

An all-day pass on the Vineyard Hopper is $20, while on normal Waiheke buses it's $8. It says nowhere that there is integration between the services and tickets, so I hope Fullers makes it clear beforehand to passengers their $20 pass isn't valid on other buses or drivers should prepare for some irate (nay, even drunk irate) customers. And Supergold Cardies can't use theirs either.

It looks very much all part of a plan to re-position Fullers as a tourism company instead of a public transport provider.


leo said...

Surely a service that stops tourists unfamiliar with our roads on the island driving after a few wines is a good thing ?

Unknown said...

Would be nice to have a smaller buses to services the locals for transport.
Would be nice if the waiheke buses offered a teritary discount like all the ohter buses do in Auckland. We can but Dream. Having been involved in tourism on the island for the last 16yrs the vine hopper service has been long over due.The price well it is Fullers what do you expect. It does have to be cost effective and our bus drivers have a better deal than anyone working for NZ Bus.