The Wheels to Dunstan bus is a free mini bus service to and from Dunstan Hospital or to the eye clinic in Alexandra for medical appointments.
You can also use the Wheels to Dunstan bus to connect with transport to and from Dunedin hospital. The Dunedin bus leaves Cromwell at 7.30 am and leaves Dunedin approx. 3pm
People of any age can use the service and it is typically used by people who don’t own a car, are no longer able to drive or simply can’t afford the trip.
It is driven by a fantastic team of volunteer drivers who will pick you up from your door and deliver you right to where your appointment is.
How do I book the Wheels to Dunstan service?
Call Community Networks 03 443 7799 giving details of your name, address, day and time of your appointment. (Appointments ideally will be between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to minimise waiting times should there be more than 1 passenger on the bus). Please let us know at the time of booking if you are an ACC client and provide your ACC number.
St John Central Otago Health Shuttle- Transport to Dunedin Hospital
This is available from Cromwell Monday-Friday. The bus leaves Cromwell St Johns at 7.30 am and returns from Dunedin at approx. 3pm. Should you be delayed and are unable to return to the Health Shuttle by 3pm please call 027 512 1107
Appointments in Dunedin need to be between 11.00am and 2.30pm. Otherwise you can stay overnight and catch the bus back the next day.
Cost: The suggested donation is $20 each way. ACC travel fund or Ministry of Health Travel Assistance may be available.
Bookings for the Dunedin bus: 0800 785 276 at least before 3pm the day before the appointment
Once you have made your booking for the Dunedin bus we can then book an early shift driver from Wanaka to Cromwell and a late shift driver to meet the Dunedin bus to return to Wanaka.
Please phone Community Networks on 03 443 7799 to book this, mentioning you need the early and late shift to connect with the Dunedin bus.
Can I use the bus to visit someone in hospital?
If you wish to visit someone in Dunstan hospital you may travel on the bus if it is already going that day and there is a space. You will have to wait until all the patients on the bus have finished their appointments for that day. Please phone Community Networks to enquire.
If you are an ACC client please inform Community Networks when you make your booking? You will need your ACC number and will have some paperwork to fill out on the day of your trip.
Donations are welcome. Please give directly to the driver.