The big reds pull out of Tauranga

The 4.25 Big Red from Auckland parked up on Stand D on Tauranga’s Wharf Street. ManaBus will end its services on July 15.

“Fast, friendly, affordable” boasts the livery on the front of the big red double decker bus parked in Wharf Street. And soon, gone.

From next month, Manabus will disappear from Wharf Street and from State Highway 2, to and from Auckland.

ManaBus and NakedBus have confirmed it will cease its budget bus operations with potentially 50 staff affected.

Tickets will no longer be for sale after July 15 and customers who have bought tickets in advance, have been offered full refunds via email, says a statement on the Manabus website.

The Manabus and Naked Bus fleets have been sold to Ritchies Transport holdings. But it’s not known if that company will pick up the Auckland to Tauranga run.

The companies are part of InMotion Group, which also operates Fullers, 360 Discovery, Roam Experiences and Waiheke Bus Company.

And the budget bus operations have been sacrificed to focus on the company's ferry services in the Hauraki Gulf.

It believes that has considerable potential due to rising visitor numbers. InterCity will continue to run services between Tauranga and Auckland.



Posted on 22-06-2018 11:23 | By wayne

sure will be missed bring back the rail passenger service to Auckland


Posted on 22-06-2018 10:40 | By Craven Moorehead

Must be lack of demand, even at low prices. Stick in Larry’s museum next to the horse and trap. And stop building bus lanes.

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