Stu1: I thought NZ bus contract expires in December and Skybus were interested in the contract.Sky bus is great in. Auckland hope they can make work here as well
I don't think the >80 routes are part of the MetLink network - just commercial services.
Having used SkyBus as visitor to Auckland - nowhere near as easy as the Airport Flyer. SkyBus has fewer stops, less frequent, expensive and takes ages. Last time it didn't even go all the way to Britomart.