Southstar Shuttles Ceases Operations in Whakarewarewa Forest
30th Nov 2019 was the last day of operating for Southstar Shuttles in Whakarewarewa Forest. Southstar lost out in a closed two-party Request for Proposal process run by Rotorua District Council on behalf of Iwi landowners CNI Holdings Ltd. This marks the unfortunate end of 13 years of service, developing the trail network, the shuttle service and supporting the Rotorua riding community. 14 experienced staff were made redundant with the closure. At the end of operations the Southstar public shuttle fleet included three 45 seater buses and trailers, and two 30 seater buses and trailers with a total capacity to uplift 195 riders every 30 minutes. Southstar's legendary Landrover charters were aimed at groups of up to 7 riders and utilised five ex-Army Landrovers.
The public were notified of the upcoming closure with 6 weeks notice. In this period there was a flood of riders using up their passes. All passes are non-refundable.
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