Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Fullers360 Continues To Keep Hauraki Gulf Communities Connected During Visitor Off-peak Season

From Tuesday 6 April, Fullers360 will move to its visitor off-peak season timetable for some ferry services, starting with Waiheke sailings, which will revert to the same frequency operated during the cooler months of 2020. Additional seasonal changes will move islands such as Rangitoto and Tiritiri Matangi sailings to off-peak timetables in May.

Fullers360 CEO, Mike Horne, says the season changeover marks the end of a busy summer despite the lack of international visitors this season. However, he assured the changed timetables would continue to provide passengers with adequate frequency, including Waiheke’s regular 30-minute sailing during the peak commuter period between 7am - 9am from Waiheke to Auckland.

“We always knew this summer was going to be quieter than previous years, and while that has certainly been the case, when we compare to the 2019-20 summer season, we have experienced a 30 per cent drop in passengers across all our destinations. These numbers do represent an overall drop compared to previous summers, but it’s a true reflection that Kiwis have been getting out and about to explore our beautiful Hauraki Gulf and supporting local tourism operators.”

Horne says the drop in passenger numbers generally continued to be felt across key destinations and organisations, including Fullers360.

“We take the role we play in providing a lifeline to island communities very seriously and continue to actively encourage visitation to Hauraki Gulf islands to stimulate domestic tourism. This has positive knock-on effects for local businesses and demonstrates our commitment to the recovery of the tourism industry throughout COVID-19 and in time for a post-Covid era,” Horne says.

Fullers360 is one of New Zealand’s leading tourism operators. Passenger data shows Kiwis have continued to make use of its services, with domestic visitation up on previous years, following a focused effort to encourage locals to explore the Hauraki Gulf. However, the recorded increase does not match the same demand as when international visitors are on our shores.

“Obviously there have been additional factors to consider in moving to visitor off-peak timetables this year and we continue to adapt and make decisions to ensure we continue to keep communities across the Hauraki Gulf well-connected. We remain committed to enabling residents to get where they need to be - the frequency of sailings in our seasonal timetables suits the demand in the visitor off-peak period based on our experience throughout 2020,” says Horne.

The prospect of a trans-Tasman bubble is encouraging for Fullers360 and is being incorporated into future planning, adds Horne.

“We’re closely following the prospects of a trans-Tasman bubble, and will be ready to respond should demand dramatically increase. Since COVID-19 emerged in New Zealand we have been focused on our own domestic tourism recovery to ensure we’re able to respond appropriately when international borders reopen. For example, we’ve retained our marine workforce, so we continue to keep treasured destinations open, as well as being able to scale up as and when demand returns.”

Full changes to timetabling and effective dates can be viewed at

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Commerce Commission: Latest Broadband Report Confirms Improved Performance Of Premium Fibre Plans

The latest report from the Commerce Commission’s Measuring Broadband New Zealand programme shows that the performance of Fibre Max plans has improved substantially. This follows a collaboration between the Commission, its independent testing partner, ... More>>

Air New Zealand: Capital Raise Deferred

Air New Zealand has decided to defer its planned capital raise to later in 2021 allowing more time to assess the impacts of recent developments on the airline’s path to recovery. 'We’ve seen some clearing of COVID-19 clouds recently, with ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Cartel Conduct Now Punishable By Up To 7 Years’ Jail Time

Cartel conduct can now be punished with a term of imprisonment of up to 7 years, after the Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Act 2019 came into effect today. Cartel conduct includes price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging (see ... More>>

Stats NZ: Auckland Population May Hit 2 Million In Early 2030s

Auckland’s population may rise from about 1.7 million currently to 2 million by early next decade, Stats NZ said today. “Auckland will likely have the highest average annual growth of New Zealand’s 16 regions over the next 30 years, from ... More>>

Stats NZ: March Card Spending Rebounds Despite COVID

There was a lift in retail card spending in March following a fall in the lockdown-disrupted February month, Stats NZ said today. Seasonally adjusted retail card spending rose by $53 million (0.9 percent), compared with February 2021. Visit our website to read ... More>>

PwC: Outcome Of Review Into Air New Zealand Gas Turbines Business

Air New Zealand has received the report into its Gas Turbines business from independent external advisers PwC. Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh says the report identified a range of effective controls in the Gas Turbines revenue contracting ... More>>

LPG Association: Renewable LPG Achieves Emissions Budgets With No Need To Ban New LPG Connections

Renewable LPG can supply New Zealand’s LPG needs and achieve the emissions reductions proposed by the Climate Commission without the need to ban new connections, a new study shows. The investigation, by leading consultancy Worley, was prepared for the ... More>>