All aboard the bus

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn residents, especially newcomers to the district, are being offered subsidised bus tours to get to know the region better.

The ‘Show Me Selwyn’ tours have been developed out of Selwyn District Council’s Newcomers and Migrants strategy, and aim to welcome those new to Selwyn and help them get to know what’s in their backyard.

Connecting Communities Coordinator Tyla Harrison-Hunt said research carried out between 2014 and 2016 showed a need for more opportunities for newcomers to gain access to information about their new home and connect with other newcomers and established residents.

“All Selwyn residents are welcome to join the Show Me Selwyn bus tours to get to know our beautiful district while making new connections,” Mr Harrison-Hunt said.

“We want Selwynites to participate in the community and connect with others. This will support them to flourish in the Selwyn community’” From November 2017 to February 2018 four trial trips will take place, with room for 35 passengers on each bus trip.

The destinations will include historical landmarks, tourist attractions, and townships, along with opportunities to enjoy the Selwyn countryside. 

“Following an assessment of the success of the trips, more Show Me Selwyn tours may be planned in the future,” Mr Harrison-Hunt said. Two different routes are available to choose from. ‘Foothills and Mountains’ will tour through the Malvern and central Selwyn area, with stops including a visit to Springfield’s famous donut, followed by a guided tour and lunch at Homebush Stables.

The two dates for Foothills and Mountains are Saturday November 11, 2017 and Saturday, January 13, 2018. 

‘Lake to Pa’ will take passengers on a trip around the Springs and Ellesmere areas, stopping at the Lincoln market, Taumutu’s Ngati Moki Marae and Taumutu beach.

The two dates for Lake to Pa are Saturday, December 9, 2017 and Saturday, February 10, 2018. Tickets cost $5 per person from eventbrite.co.nz.