Public Transport

Mangakino has a Community Bus Service. Residents of Mangakino and Whakamaru can access a regular public transport service to Tokoroa and Taupo.

The bus travels from Mangakino to Tokoroa three days a week; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and Mangakino to Taupo every Wednesday fortnight (Starting from Wednesday 7 January 2015). Please phone 07 882 8555 for more information.

This service was made possible by collaboration between Environment Waikato, Taupo District Council, Lakes District Health Board, Lake Taupo PHO/LMG and Mangakino Community Agency (MCA).

Fares are kept as cheap as possible and can be prepaid by topping-up a Busit Card. Get your Busit cards from the MCA. Top-ups are done on the bus, the minimum top-up is $10, but the fares are a lot cheaper this way. Replacement Busit Cards are $5.  For information on services please phone the MCA on 07 882 8555.

Busit Card Fares will be:

  • Adult - $3.50 return
  • School Student - $2.00 return
  • Senior Citizen – $2.00 return
  • Preschool Children - Free

Without Prepaid Cards/Casual:

  • Adult - $5.00 return
  • School Student - $3.50 return
  • Senior Citizen – $3.50 return
  • Preschool Children - Free

For the Tokoroa trip the bus departs from the Mangakino Civic Centre at 9.30am and departs Tokoroa for the return trip at 1.45pm. Those people with walking or mobility difficulties can ring the MCA the day before to book a bus pickup from their home. A bus-stop map is available at the MCA, main pick-ups are along Rangatira Drive. Whakamaru residents will be collected at the Whakamaru Store and at the bus stop in front of the Hydro village.

For the Taupo trip the bus departs from the Mangakino Civic Centre at 9.30am and departs Taupo at 1.45pm.  This service is mainly used by shoppers and not people wanting to use the medical services.

First stop in Tokoroa will be at the Tokoroa Hospital. The bus then drops people off outside the Information Centre in town. If you need to go elsewhere, talk to the bus driver, he will accommodate needs as best he can. The Bus leaves the Information Centre at 1.45pm.

Priority seats are given to those travelling to Tokoroa with medical, dental or social service appointments. To ensure you get a seat to meet an appointment, ring the MCA on 07 882 8555 by at least 4pm the day before travel to book in.