Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




236 posts

Master Geek


#112128 27-Nov-2012 13:01
Send private message

Question for people who take the bus in Auckland. I'm moving to Te Atatu Peninsula and can't believe how much it will cost for a monthly pass. Either $215 for an All Zone pass (because I'm going from West to the City - it's not that far!) or $201 if I used the HOP card. Minor saving but still...

Are there any cheaper payment options? I'm travelling to the city and back for work, 5 days a week sort of thing.

Also, for something recently released and touted to revolutionise transport, I can ONLY top up my card by going to a physical location. No online top up. I'm so used to doing things online e.g. power, internets and mobile so this is just a bit odd (and inconvenient.)

Maybe the lady I spoke with from Maxx was wrong? Maybe this page is wrong?
http://www.myhop.co.nz/About-HOP/Pages/3-Steps-To-Using-HOP.aspx

Oh, and lets not forget that next year I'd need to replace the card with the AT card... rar! :(

Anyway, just want to cover all my bases and get second, third etc opinions before I decide which way to go. Either way it'll still be better than paying for parking, paying for petrol and getting stuck in evening rush hour traffic.




Zeb A.
Twitter: @asgard


Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic

xpd

Arrma Basher
10398 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #723612 27-Nov-2012 13:22
Send private message

I grabbed a HOP card at the start of the year.... also shocked to find cant top up online at all, and not all bus services support it! So I got stuck on my first trip 2km from my destination because I had to swap buses/service...

Works out approx $8 (make that $9... sods put it up) each way for me (Whangaparaoa to Albany), cheaper for me to drive. (even allowing for rego etc)

Thankfully I put out a call for car pooling etc and a local works just down the road from my office and does the same hours so I throw him $30 a week instead.

So maybe try that route rather than the bus... :) Good luck :)




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Arrma RC Owner ? Check out Arrma Addicts Auckland


1245 posts

Uber Geek


  #723624 27-Nov-2012 13:50
Send private message

My personal view - that is what to expect from a city that was built for cars to live in....

 
 
 
 




236 posts

Master Geek


  #723645 27-Nov-2012 14:18
Send private message

Gavin I'll post on our intranet noticeboard to see if anyone lives out that way, thanks :)

Khull thanks for the opinion :P




Zeb A.
Twitter: @asgard


3147 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #723958 28-Nov-2012 07:35
Send private message

Asrafrate: Question for people who take the bus in Auckland. I'm moving to Te Atatu Peninsula and can't believe how much it will cost for a monthly pass. Either $215 for an All Zone pass (because I'm going from West to the City - it's not that far!) or $201 if I used the HOP card. Minor saving but still...

Are there any cheaper payment options? I'm travelling to the city and back for work, 5 days a week sort of thing.

Also, for something recently released and touted to revolutionise transport, I can ONLY top up my card by going to a physical location. No online top up. I'm so used to doing things online e.g. power, internets and mobile so this is just a bit odd (and inconvenient.)

Maybe the lady I spoke with from Maxx was wrong? Maybe this page is wrong?
http://www.myhop.co.nz/About-HOP/Pages/3-Steps-To-Using-HOP.aspx

Oh, and lets not forget that next year I'd need to replace the card with the AT card... rar! :(

Anyway, just want to cover all my bases and get second, third etc opinions before I decide which way to go. Either way it'll still be better than paying for parking, paying for petrol and getting stuck in evening rush hour traffic.


The lady wasn't wrong, you're just looking at the wrong info.  There's two cards called HOP.  The info for the HOP card she described is at http://www.athop.co.nz not http://www.myhop.co.nz.  A "HOP" card is only usable on NZ Bus branded buses (Go West, Metrolink, Link, North Star and Waka Pacific) while an "AT HOP" card is only usable on trains and ferries.  Ritches and Northern Express buses require a Ritchies Fast Pass, Birkenhead Transport another pass, H&E another again and so on.

Looks like you're literally just outside the boundary for a NZ Bus A-Zone pass (ends at Patiki).  If you can find a Ritchies bus leaving near you, you can get a Ritchies A-Zone instead, which covers all Ritchies buses except the North Shore ones, and would get you to work no problem - that's $170.

If you're going to be a relatively heavy public transport user, just pay the extra $35 and get a monthly Discovery Pass.  $250 and for the entire month you can use any bus, train, or inner harbour ferry in Auckland.

Edit: forgot to add you could also take a look at http://www.letscarpool.govt.nz/ -  there might be someone from a workplace near you that's offering a ride, or your workplace may also have signed up.

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces 10th Gen Intel Core H-series for mobile devices
Posted 2-Apr-2020 21:09


COVID-19: new charitable initiative to fund remote monitoring for at-risk patients
Posted 2-Apr-2020 11:07


Huawei introduces the P40 Series of Android-based smartphones
Posted 31-Mar-2020 17:03


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip now available for pre-order in New Zealand
Posted 31-Mar-2020 16:39


New online learning platform for kids stuck at home during COVID-19 lockdown
Posted 26-Mar-2020 21:35


New 5G Nokia smartphone unveiled as portfolio expands
Posted 26-Mar-2020 17:11


D-Link ANZ launches wireless AC1200 4G LTE router
Posted 26-Mar-2020 16:32


Ring introduces two new video doorbells and new pre-roll technology
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:59


OPPO uncovers flagship Find X2 Pro smartphone
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:54


D-Link COVR-2202 mesh Wi-Fi system now protected by McAfee
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:00


Spark Sport opens its platform up to all New Zealanders at no charge
Posted 17-Mar-2020 10:04


Spark launches 5G Starter Fund
Posted 8-Mar-2020 19:19


TRENDnet launches high-performance WiFi Mesh Router System
Posted 5-Mar-2020 08:48


Sony boosts full-frame lens line-up with introduction of FE 20mm F1.8 G large-aperture ultra-wide-angle prime Lens
Posted 5-Mar-2020 08:44


Vector and Spark teamed up on smart metering initiative
Posted 5-Mar-2020 08:42



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.