Queenstown’s got a bonza new bus service

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The Wakatipu Basin’s bus service is now going to new suburbs and running more public buses on main routes.

Five new 23-seater buses from local company Connectabus will now run to Arthurs Point and Kelvin Heights.

Otago Regional Council has revamped the resort’s bus service, with more rides also available between Queenstown, Frankton and the airport and on the feeder services

As part of the package, a new electronic ticketing system called GoCard has been added to all vehicles, eliminating the need for cash to change hands.

Riders credit their GoCard and then swipe the card reader when they enter the bus, saving time and getting a 10% fare discount.

ORC chairman Stephen Cairns – in Queenstown to help launch it today – says the new service, which cost $3.2m, will be on trial for 32 months.

“It is very much a case of use it or lose it,” Cairns (pictured) says.

The changes are aimed at reducing traffic in the resort and helping the district’s long-term transport infrastructure planning in the Wakatipu Basin.

Queenstown mayor Clive Geddes says: “I’m hoping that in 15 years time people will look back and say ‘Look how small this bloody thing was when it started’”.