A significant loss of regional bus services serving the Queenstown and Wanaka areas been partly averted. Following the purchase of Citibus Dunedin from the Dunedin City Council new owner Invercargill Passenger Transport (Dunedin operation) announced regional services, from Dunedin to Invercargill, Queenstown and Wanaka would cease. These had previously been operated by Citbus under the brand name Connexions. Fifteen staff were to be made redundant.
Today it was announced a Wanaka based firm Alpine Coachlines would purchase the Connexions operation and intends to operate the network parallel to its existing service to ski-fields and Mount Aspiring, increasing connections from Wanaka to Queenstown Airport but dropping two runs, including the Dunedin -Invercargill service. Apart from this existing staff retained, it will be a case 0f "business as usual" according to Alpine Coachlines Director Peter King