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New Network for Waiheke New Network for Waiheke

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


Project status: Implementation 
Project zone: Central


Waiheke New Network map

Waiheke New Network 2019

Download the new Waiheke bus network map (PDF 188KB).


What this means for Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is expected to experience significant population growth in the next few years. Auckland Council forecasted that Waiheke Island would experience a 35% increase in visitors and a 9% increase in permanent residents between 2017 and 2022. If Waiheke Island is to cope with the expected population growth, public transport must become the transport mode of choice for more people.

The Waiheke New Network will be simpler than the existing network and well connected with the Matiatia ferry (and Kennedy Point ferry in 2020).

Combined, two key services will provide a frequent service (on average every 15 minutes) along the arterial road between the main town centres.

The New Network will be in place from 13 October 2019. New buses will be introduced from 2020.
Once the Kennedy Point service is implemented, there will be a 101% increase in AT bus services on the island.

Some people may need to take more than one bus to complete their journey.

Route A - Onetangi, Ostend, Surfdale, Oneroa, Matiatia

This new route will:

  • serve Matiatia, Oneroa, Surfdale, Ostend and Onetangi (Seventh Avenue).
  • run every 30 minutes, all day, seven days a week.
  • be scheduled to depart Matiatia five minutes after the ferry is scheduled to arrive.
  • be scheduled to arrive at Matiatia ten minutes before the ferry is scheduled to depart.

Combined with Route F, the new route will provide a frequent service along the arterial road.

Route B - Ostend, Palm Beach, Oneroa, Matiatia

This new route will:

  • serve Matiatia, Oneroa, Blackpool, Palm Beach, Ostend and Rocky Bay.
  • run every 30 minutes, all day, seven days a week.
  • be scheduled to depart Matiatia five minutes after the ferry is scheduled to arrive.
  • be scheduled to arrive at Matiatia ten minutes before the ferry is scheduled to depart.

Route E - Waiheke Rd, Onetangi (Onetangi Road) and Ostend

This new route will:

  • serve Waiheke Rd, Onetangi (Onetangi Rd) and Ostend.
  • operate during morning and evening peak times, Monday to Friday.

Route F - Matiatia, Oneroa, Surfdale, Wellington Rd, Ostend and Onetangi (Fourth Avenue)

This new route will:

  • serve Matiatia, Oneroa, Surfdale, Wellington Rd, Ostend and Onetangi (Fourth Avenue).
  • run every 30 minutes, all day, seven days a week.
  • be scheduled to depart Matiatia 20 minutes after the ferry is scheduled to arrive.
  • be scheduled to arrive at Matiatia 25 minutes before the ferry is scheduled to depart.

Combined with Route A, this route will provide a frequent service along the arterial road.

Route G - Matiatia to Oneroa

This new route will:

  • run from Matiatia to Oneroa (but not from Oneroa to Matiatia).
  • run from Labour Weekend to ANZAC Day.
  • run every 30 minutes, from 10am to 2pm, seven days a week.

Matiatia ferry

There will be no changes to ferry timetables.

Route A and Route B will be scheduled to depart Matiatia five minutes after the ferry is scheduled to arrive.

Route A and Route B will be scheduled to arrive at Matiatia ten minutes before the ferry is scheduled to depart.

Kennedy Point

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

The upgrade works are planned to be completed in 2020, at which time, Route C will be introduced. Route C will serve Matiatia, Oneroa, Surfdale, Wellington Road and Kennedy Point, and will be scheduled to connect with the ferry from Half Moon Bay.

Current ferry timetables for Waiheke

View the current Fullers Ferries (to/from Auckland) and SeaLink (to/from Half Moon Bay) timetable (PDF 1.74MB).

Timetables

Timetables and individual route maps will be available later in 2019.

Download the ‘Hours of Operation and Frequency’ table (PDF 143KB).

School buses

Existing school bus routes S092A and S092B will be combined into one school bus service – S092.

S092 will serve Waiheke Rd, The Strand, Seventh Ave, Fourth Ave, Waiheke Primary, Waiheke High School and Te Huruhi Primary.

There are no changes to any other school bus services.


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 and additional responses from five organisations.

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 Island Bus 2019 Mar 10worksites-01_new version

Download the full size map of the Waiheke New Network bus upgrade works (PDF 278KB)

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