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Bus the loop for a good day out

 
This page contains information about members of the Positive Aging Advisory Group that has given the thumbs up to the Okara Loop bus route.
Updated: 6/03/2018 11:43 a.m.

​Whangarei’s Positive Aging Advisory Group members have given the thumbs up to the Okara Loop bus that joins the dots between Whangarei’s city shopping areas. 

The bus leaves every 25 minutes from the Rose Street bus terminal, with stops at Porowini Avenue (Outside Pacific Ford),  Mega surf on Okara Drive, The Warehouse’s Port Road entrance and The Hub at the Town Basin.  

“Using this service a person can catch a bus into town, do whatever they want to do in Cameron Street, the laneway and centre of town, and then pop into a garden centre, supermarket, and shops around Okara, and hop off to spend some time at the Town Basin on the way back,” said WDC Councillor Tricia Cutforth.

“The group members chatted with people who use the service and heard it’s great being able to get on and off, without having to find parking or negotiate traffic themselves. The service offers a great, low-cost opportunity for a day out for very little cost. For senior citizens’ Gold Card holders the trip is free – otherwise its only one dollar each time you hop on. 

“The bus also accommodates wheelchairs and walking frames as well as prams and the driver is happy to give you a hand with these,” she said.

“In the past the Positive Aging, Disability and Youth advisory groups all made submissions to Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council for a bus route linking main shopping destinations in the City.  With the service in place they were keen to check this out for themselves. 

“Four of our members along with friends got together last week to take the bus. On the way around the loop they spoke with other senior patrons using the service and received very positive feedback.

"They will also be taking a few suggestions back to the service providers.  These include putting bright, distinctive signs at the bus stops, putting a seated bus shelter at the Warehouse stop and putting a large print bus timetable and map route at each stop" said Councillor Cutforth . 

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