Mid Canterbury Shuttle Service


Ashburton to Christchurch
Return Twice Daily


You can easily find our rates which are set out for the various sections of the journey. We will always charge the same fare for the same journey as long as minimum bookings thresholds are met.


For regular bookings we have discounted weekly or 6 trip rates. 


Group and family may be available when 3 or more people are travelling together, and their pick up and drop off points are the same. Contact us for a quote.


We carefully plan our route and pick up times each day to get passengers where they need to be on time.


You can be picked up and dropped off at different stops depending on your personal requirements. 


Catch up on sleep, get the morning paper read, or last minute work done without having to worry about the driving. A great opportunity for students to study.


We only charge for your fare and have no booking fee. In fact we encourage people to book early for certainty over travel.


We pride ourselves in making your trip enjoyable, timely and stress free.


Our late model van was purchased with customer comfort in mind and built for purpose.

Latest News

Temporary Phone Problem

Our phone was unable to receive calls and text messages between 6.30 pm Sunday 8th May and 2.45 pm Tuesday 10th May. We apologise for any inconvenience if we missed your call or message during this period.  

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Driver Wanted – Subcontract Arrangement

NO PHONE ENQUIRIES PLEASE We are looking for someone either with, or without, their own suitable vehicle (minimum 7 seats). Ideally this person will be based in Ashburton, but other locations in Mid- Canterbury, Geraldine or Temuka could also work for someone with...

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Traffic Light Framework – How We Will Operate

Public transportation services are designated as essential, we are therefore not permitted to ask passengers for vaccination passes unless we are operating a private hire service. Airlines and inter island ferries have specific exemptions to allow them to ask for...

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Services To And From Christchurch Schools

Weekend Services We offer a Sunday evening service usually departing from Ashburton at 4.30 pm after picking up passengers at home, Methven I-site at 5.00 pm and Rakaia by the electric vehicle charging station at 5.30 pm. This service will also pick up in Hinds, Mt...

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Upcoming Services – Next 10 Days

Scheduled services will not run unless there are prior bookings. The current booking status of scheduled services, and the number of seats available on them, are shown below. Single passengers travelling one way are requested to book on services that are already...

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Methven & Rural Services

Monday to Friday Services We operate a daily morning service from Ashburton and Rakaia only to Christchurch, which arrives between 7.45 am and 8.45 am depending on the start times of booked passengers, and leaves early enough to do this, typically between 6.15 and...

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What Is the Actual Cost of the Commute?

An accountant will tell you about 60 cents per kilometer which works out to about $2300 per month or $115 per day to commute to Christchurch from Ashburton 5 days a week. If we break it down for an average late model vehicle. Fuel – about $600 per month or $30 per day...

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The times we operate are to accommodate people working and studying in Christchurch with start times from 8 am and finish times up to 5.30 pm. The actual times we run will depend on the actual start and finish times of booked passengers. Booked passengers will be given a pick up time the day before their travel. We are not able to go to Christchurch Airport at times other than those stated above.

Stops In Ashburton – We usually pick up and drop off at home or a specific address in Ashburton & Tinwald, but may ask passengers to wait at a stop if we are busy in the mornings.

Other Mid-Canterbury Stops – We usually pick up and drop off at home or a specific address, except on our morning service to Christchurch. This only picks up in Ashburton, and Rakaia by the Mobil Station. Passengers from other locations wanting to use the morning service will need to arrange to park or be dropped off in Ashburton or Rakaia.

Stops In Christchurch – We are not permitted to carry passengers between two stops within Christchurch or between Rolleston or Lincoln & Christchurch. We will stop at any designated bus stop in Christchurch or anywhere with legal parking.Surcharges apply for outer suburbs and the airport, see fares and conditions of carriage for details.

Appointments In Christchurch – We can take passengers up, wait for them, and take them back for morning appointments completed by 10.30 am, or afternoon appointments starting from 2.30 pm. Outside these times, passengers will need to stay in Christchurch for the day.

Our Vehicle & Luggage – We operate a late model LDV V80 with comfortable seating for 10 passengers. The vehicle has limited luggage space. We can carry luggage for up to 5 passengers free of charge if the vehicle is not full. Please book at least 72 hours ahead if you have luggage. An additional charge may apply. We are usually full on the Monday morning service to Christchurch.



Fares and Conditions of Carriage

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Contact Details:

Ph: 021 0838 5112

Email: info [at] midcanterburyshuttleservice [dot] co [dot] nz

Payment Options:

Currently we can take payment via eft-pos when you board, or you can use online banking and pay into the following account;


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