NZSki takes the wheel of own skifield shuttles

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NZSki and Connectabus have struck a deal to boost public bus services they say will reduce resort traffic this winter.

The Coronet Peak and Remar­kables skifields operator has brought in-house its shuttle transport –
previously run by Johnston’s Coachlines. NZSki was Johnston’s largest local client.

Connectabus will double its services between Sunshine Bay, Frankton and downtown Queens­town to run every 15 minutes during winter peak hours – 7-10.30am and 3-7pm – stopping at the Snow Centre in The Station building on Duke Street.

At The Station, snow bunnies will transfer to 32 NZSki-operated shuttles – including 20 leased from Johnston’s. These will run to/from the mount­ains, collecting and dropping passengers at Connectabus stops en route.

If you’re Frankton-based and want to play at Coronet, you can travel with Connectabus to the Snow Centre then jump on an NZSki shuttle. If you’re headed to The Remarkables, you hop directly on an NZSki shuttle headed out of Queenstown.

What’s the price tag?

Connectabus will charge $10 for a multi-trip day bus pass to/from the Snow Centre or $30 for a five-day pass.
Return trips last year to either skifield cost adults $25.

Holders of an NZSki day pass, multi-day pass, or combo with lift pass, get free return shuttle trips between the Snow Centre and The Remarkables, or for $10 return to Coronet.

But if they’re headed to The Remarkables and bypass the Snow Centre, hopping on a ski coach as it’s heading out of town, it’ll cost $10.

Ski coaches will leave the Snow Centre every 15 minutes for Coronet Peak and every 30 minutes for The Remarkables till 11am.

Season pass holders can buy a Queenstown Transport add-on with unlimited winter transport for $195.

Johnston’s Coachlines chose not to comment.