Waiheke Islanders protest double-decker buses

A double-decker bus in Auckland city (file)
A double-decker bus in Auckland city (file)

Residents of Auckland's Waiheke Island are preparing to rally against double-decker buses.

A quarter of the Island's population have signed a petition against the buses, which were brought over to deal with ever-growing visitor numbers.

Protest organiser Stephanie Honeychurch says Waiheke doesn't have the infrastructure to cope.

"They maybe the same width and dimensions on the ground, but they're heavy on our roads. Our roads are narrow and they're tree-lined," she told Newshub.

"They're unsuitable, unnecessary and unattractive."

Fullers says it will only employ the double-deckers at peak periods, but the protesters want them gone for good.

"Not only are they intrusive on the road, they're also incongruous with the character and the charm of the island," says Ms Honeychurch.

The protest kicks off at 11am at Matiatia, where protesters will march to Oneroa in front of a bus.

Some of the chants planned, according to the event's Facebook page, are "Double-decko - dead gecko", "Don't be a mug, Doug! No Double-decky for Waiheke!" and "Double-decker - tree wrecker!"

Ms Honeychurch has also campaigned for stronger restrictions on cellphone towers and changes to Waiheke's development and zoning rules.