Kaipara District Council’s (KDC) Village to Beach bus service saw a 35 per cent increase in use this summer, compared to last summer.
This was the second year of a three-year trial for the service, which aims to improve congestion in Mangawhai during the busy summer months.
The bus ran daily from December 27 to January 17 and then every weekend and public holiday until February 8.
Popular stops included the Mangawhai Activity Zone, the surf beach and Wood Street. The service was operated by local bus service provider Leabourn.
KDC community advisor Gail Fotheringham says Council is already planning ways it can improve the service for next year.
“We are running a survey and want to hear from any bus users and the community about what they think could be made better,” she says.
Bus users can fill out the survey at www.mangawhaicommunityplan.co.nz.