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New Network for Waiheke New Network for Waiheke

On Sunday 13 October 2019, Auckland Transport (AT) launched a new bus network on Waiheke. There are new bus routes, new route numbers and new timetables.

Some existing bus stops have closed or are now only used by school buses.

Download the timetables or use our Journey Planner to explore your options.

The Waiheke New Network is part of a simpler, more integrated public transport network for Auckland.


Project status: Implementation 
Project zone: Central


Waiheke New Network map

Waiheke New Network map minus service table

Download the 2019 Waiheke bus network map (PDF 162KB)


What this means for Waiheke

Waiheke is expected to experience significant population growth in the next few years. This could put pressure on an already constrained transport network. If Waiheke is to cope with the expected population growth, public transport must become the mode of choice for more people travelling around the island.

The number of people travelling by bus on Waiheke has been increasing. However, people had been asking for improved routes and timetables, and for buses to run more often.

  • We have designed a simpler bus network with more frequent services and better connections with the ferries.
  • We have combined 2 key services to provide a service approximately every 15 minutes between the main town centres, from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week.
  • Services run to the same timetables throughout the year.
  • From 2020, all buses will be wheelchair accessible, with the introduction of new electric buses.
  • Once the New Network has been fully implemented, AT will have more than doubled the annual number of public bus trips it runs on the island.

These changes help make the bus a more attractive transport option on Waiheke for more people and more types of trips.

You may need to transfer to complete some journeys. Where possible, services have been timed to connect.

School bus changes

There were limited changes to AT School Bus services from Monday 14 October 2019.

  • The original 'Piemelon Bay to Te Huruhi School' and 'Seventh Avenue to Waiheke High School' services were combined into one new school service. The 092 only operates in the morning and serves Waiheke Road, The Strand, Seventh Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Waiheke Primary, Te Huruhi Primary and Waiheke High School.
  • The 096 from Waiheke High School to Piemelon Bay departs 3 minutes later than it did previously, at 3.23pm.
  • The 220 from Waiheke High School to Palm Beach departs 5 minutes later than it did previously, at 3.25pm.

Visit the School Timetables page to see the school buses that serve your school.

What's happening in your area

Below is a summary of the New Network for each neighbourhood on Waiheke.

Blackpool

  • The 502 serves Blackpool every 30 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week, and less frequently outside of these times.
  • The 502 provides a connection with the shops and services at Oneroa and Ostend, as well as Palm Beach and Ōmiha (Rocky Bay).
  • At Oneroa and Ostend, you can transfer buses to Surfdale, Waiheke High School and the beach at Onetangi.
  • The 502 takes you to the ferry at Matiatia. The 502 is timed to arrive at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes before the ferry to Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to depart. In the other direction, the 502 is timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to arrive.

Ōmiha (Rocky Bay)

  • The 502 serves Ōmiha (Rocky Bay) every 30 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week, and less frequently outside of these times.
  • The 502 provides a connection with the shops and services at Ostend and Oneroa, as well as Palm Beach and Blackpool.
  • At Ostend and Oneroa, you can transfer buses to Waiheke High School, Surfdale and the beach at Onetangi.
  • The 502 takes you to the ferry at Matiatia. The 502 is timed to arrive at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes before the ferry to Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to depart. In the other direction, the 502 is timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to arrive.

Oneroa

Oneroa has excellent bus connections with the Matiatia ferry.

  • The 50A and 502 are timed to arrive at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes before the ferry to Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to depart.

In the other direction:

  • The 50A and 502 are timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown only is timed to arrive.
  • The 50B is timed to depart 10 minutes after the ferry from Downtown via Devonport is timed to arrive.
  • The 502 is timed to depart 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown via Devonport is timed to arrive.

The 50A and 50B run alternately to provide a connection approximately every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week (and less frequently outside of these times) with Surfdale, Waiheke High School, the shops and services at Ostend, and the beach at Onetangi.

The 502 provides a connection every 30 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week (and less frequently outside of these times) to Blackpool, Palm Beach and Ōmiha (Rocky Bay).

From Labour Weekend to Anzac Day, the 503 runs from the Matiatia Ferry Terminal to Oneroa Village (one-way only) from 10am to 2pm, providing additional capacity at the busiest time of the year.

The following bus stops are only used by school buses. 

  • Korora Road near Ocean View Road (bus stop number 1145);
  • 17 Korora Road (#1147);
  • 35 Waikare Road (#1149).

The following bus stops have closed.

  • Ocean View Road near Kuaka Road (#1136);
  • Ocean View Rd near Oue Road (#1138).

Onetangi

Onetangi has excellent bus connections with the Matiatia ferry.

  • The 50A is timed to arrive at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes before the ferry to Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to depart.

In the other direction:

  • The 50A is timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown only is timed to arrive.
  • The 50B is timed to depart 10 minutes after the ferry from Downtown via Devonport is timed to arrive.

The 50A and 50B run alternately to provide a connection approximately every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week (and less frequently outside of these times) with the shops and services at Ostend, Waiheke High School, Surfdale and Oneroa.

At Ostend and Oneroa, you can transfer to buses to Palm Beach, Blackpool and Ōmiha (Rocky Bay).

Monday to Friday, during the morning and afternoon peaks, the 504 provides an additional connection between Ostend and Waiheke Road:

  • Buses run in the peak direction only e.g. during the morning peak buses run towards Ostend; and during the afternoon peak buses run towards Waiheke Road.
  • Between Belle Terrace and Onetangi Road, the 504 does not have formal bus stops and operates as a hail-and-ride service.
  • At Ostend you can transfer to other bus services to reach more destinations. For example, the 504 is timed to connect with the 50A heading to and from the Matiatia Ferry Terminal.

Ostend

Ostend has excellent bus connections with the Matiatia ferry.

  • The 50A and 502 are timed to arrive at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes before the ferry to Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to depart.

In the other direction:

  • The 50A and 502 are timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown only is timed to arrive.
  • The 50B is timed to depart 10 minutes after the ferry from Downtown via Devonport is timed to arrive.
  • The 502 is timed to depart 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown via Devonport is timed to arrive.

The 50A and 50B run alternately to provide a connection approximately every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week (and less frequently outside of these times) with Waiheke High School, Surfdale, the shops and services at Oneroa, and the beach at Onetangi.

The 502 provides a connection every 30 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week (and less frequently outside of these times) to Palm Beach, Blackpool and Ōmiha (Rocky Bay).

Monday to Friday, during the morning and afternoon peaks, the 504 provides an additional connection with Onetangi and Waiheke Road. Buses run in the peak direction only e.g. during the morning peak buses run towards Ostend; and during the afternoon peak buses run towards Onetangi and Waiheke Road.

The following bus stops are only used by school buses.

  • Wharf Road near Ostend Road (bus stop number 1164);
  • Ostend Road opposite Albert Crescent (#1166);
  • 80 Ostend Road (#1168);
  • Wharf Road near Causeway Road (#1187);
  • Ostend Road near Albert Crescent (#1189).

Palm Beach

  • The 502 serves Palm Beach every 30 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week, and less frequently outside of these times.
  • The 502 provides a connection with the shops and services at Ostend and Oneroa, as well as Blackpool and Ōmiha (Rocky Bay).
  • At Ostend and Oneroa, you can transfer buses to Waiheke High School, Surfdale and the beach at Onetangi.
  • The 502 also takes you to the ferry at Matiatia. The 502 is timed to arrive at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes before the ferry to Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to depart. In the other direction, the 502 is timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to arrive.

Surfdale

Surfdale has excellent bus connections with the Matiatia ferry.

  • The 50A is timed to arrive at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes before the ferry to Downtown (and Devonport where applicable) is timed to depart.

In the other direction:

  • the 50A is timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry from Downtown only is timed to arrive.
  • the 50B is timed to depart 10 minutes after the ferry from Downtown via Devonport is timed to arrive.

The 50A and 50B run alternately to provide a connection approximately every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week (and less frequently outside of these times) with the shops and services at Ostend and Oneroa, as well as Waiheke High School and the beach at Onetangi.

At Ostend and Oneroa, you can transfer buses to Palm Beach, Blackpool and Ōmiha (Rocky Bay).

50A runs along Alison Road, however passengers on the trips leaving the Matiatia Ferry Terminal at 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 8:45pm and 9:30pm can ask their driver to divert along Jellicoe Parade and Wellington Road. In both directions (e.g. towards both Oneroa and Ostend) the 50B runs in a one-way loop in the anti-clockwise direction along Jellicoe Parade and Wellington Road. Once the 501 Kennedy Point service is up and running, the 501 will run along Jellicoe Parade and Wellington Road in a one-way anti-clockwise loop, while the 50A and 50B will run a fixed route directly along Alison Road.

Due to buses running in a one-way anti-clockwise loop around Jellicoe Parade and Wellington Road, the following bus stops are closed. 

  • 35 Wellington Road (bus stop number 1227);
  • 30 Jellicoe Parade (#1310);
  • 1 Nelson Avenue (#1757).

The following bus stop is only used by school buses. 

  • Pacific Parade opposite George Street (#1537).

Ferries

Download the ferry timetables

Kennedy Point

AT recognises the need for a bus service that connects with the Kennedy Point – Half Moon Bay ferry. However, until the work to upgrade the Kennedy Point wharf is complete, there is insufficient space to safely turn a bus around at this location.

Once the wharf upgrade is complete, and the necessary bus infrastructure is in place, a new bus service, the 501, will be added to the network. This is currently planned to happen in 2020.

The 501 will connect Kennedy Point, Jellicoe Parade, Wellington Road, Surfdale, Oneroa and the Matiatia Ferry Terminal. Once the 501 has been added to the network, the 50B will stop serving Jellicoe Parade and Wellington Road and will instead run directly along Alison Road, like the 50A.

Download the 2020 Waiheke bus network map (PDF 187KB)

Matiatia Ferry Terminal

The Matiatia Ferry Terminal is well served by the New Network, and bus services are timed to connect with the ferry.

For travel to Downtown (and Devonport where applicable):

  • The 50A and 502 arrive at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes before the ferry is timed to depart.
  • The 50B arrives at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 22 minutes before the ferry is timed to depart.

For travel direct from Downtown (not via Devonport):

  • The 50A and 502 are timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry is timed to arrive.
  • The 50B is timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 20 minutes after the ferry is timed to arrive.

For travel from Downtown via Devonport:

  • The 50B is timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 10 minutes after the ferry is timed to arrive.
  • The 502 is timed to depart the Matiatia Ferry Terminal 5 minutes after the ferry is timed to arrive.

The 50A and 50B run alternately to provide a connection approximately every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week (and less frequently outside of these times) with Oneroa, Surfdale, Ostend and Onetangi.

The 502 runs every 30 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week (and less frequently outside of these times) and provides a connection to Oneroa, Blackpool, Palm Beach, Ostend and Ōmiha (Rocky Bay).

From Labour Weekend to Anzac Day, when the island is at its busiest, the 503 service helps take people from the Matiatia Ferry Terminal to Oneroa Village. The 503 runs from 10am to 2pm, one-way only.

Individual route maps

Timetables

Download the new bus timetables.

Resources


Public consultation

The Waiheke New Network was the subject of public consultation from 19 March 2018 to 20 April 2018.

AT received 927 individual feedback forms, five responses from organisations, and one petition.

AT considered this feedback, along with budget and other practical constraints, when designing the New Network. Changes were made to all the proposed bus services and three new routes were added to the network. One of the proposed services will not be implemented.


Bus stop upgrades

As part of the New Network, work will begin soon at 11 locations across the island. This work will see bus stops and shelters being improved to support the new services, with new bus shelters installed in many locations. Changes include 2 new stops, 3 relocations and 6 upgrades.

Waiheke Bus stop map

Download the full size map of the Waiheke New Network bus upgrade works (.jpg 3MB)

AT has worked with the Waiheke Local Board to ensure the designs for the works are appropriate and that the new bus shelters will allow for local design elements.


For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport