Mid Canterbury Shuttle Service

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Ashburton to Christchurch
Return Twice Daily

SET RATES

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.

REGULARS RATES

For regular bookings we have discounted weekly or 5 trip rates which are discounted 20%. Passengers committing to use the service at least 3 days a week long term are offered a 40% discounted daily rate.

GROUP OPTIONS

Group and family discounts are available on off peak services where 3 or more people are travelling together, and their pick up and drop off points are the same. Contact us for a quote.

RELIABLE TIMETABLE

The route is the same each day and you can rely on this as you plan your day. We can make small adjustments to the times specified to meet the needs of booked passengers.

BOOKING FLEXIBILITY

You can be picked up and dropped off at different stops depending on your personal requirements. We can usually service destinations in Christchurch not specified on the timetable on request.

BENEFITS FOR TRAVELLERS

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.

NO BOOKING FEES

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

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

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

QUALITY VEHICLE

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

Latest News

Availability of Services October 2020 to January 2021

Due to a decline in the number of passengers commuting regularly midweek during the period of the COVID 19 restrictions we are currently reviewing the services it s feasible for us to continue operating. We will continue to run a Monday morning and Friday afternoon...

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Corona Virus & Availability of Services

Level 1 Services Services will operate with no limitation on seating.  Due to reduced passenger numbers during the school holidays, the minimum booking requirement of 2 passengers or equivalent one way fare will remain in place until Monday 10th October. We will not...

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Road Snow Policy

For safety reasons we will not operate services if there is snow settled on or settling on roads. This may result in the delay or cancellation of morning services from Ashburton, and may mean we are not able to operate services to and from Methven on occasion.

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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. While we will run the scheduled services for one passenger, it would be appreciated if...

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Methven & Rural Services

We already stop at Chertsey, Fairton and the Ashburton North Industrial Estate on request for no additional charge. We will also stop after our morning off-peak service (about 10.30 to 11.00 am Monday to Friday) and before our afternoon off peak service (about 2.00 to...

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Student & Regular User Rates

We currently stop at ARA Institute, schools in Central Christchurch and along Papanui Rd, and Canterbury University and schools nearby between 7.45 am and 8.25 am Monday to Friday. The same service drops at Lincoln University at approximately 7.20 am. This service is...

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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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Standard Fares

Travel Between

One Way

Return

Travel Between

One Way

Return

Ashburton & Methven

$15

$25

Methven & Christchurch

$40

$65

Ashburton & Rakaia

$15

$25

Methven & Christchurch Airport

$45

$75

Ashburton & Selwyn

$30

$50

Rakaia & Selwyn

$15

$25

Ashburton & Christchurch

$40

$65

Rakaia & Christchurch

$30

$50

Ashburton & Christchurch Airport

$45

$75

Rakaia & Christchurch Airport

$35

$60

Methven & Rakaia

$15

$25

Selwyn & Christchurch

$15

$25

Methven & Selwyn

$30

$50

Selwyn & Christchurch Airport

$20

$35

 

  • Travel within a fare zone is $10 one-way or $20 return
  • Standard Fares can be paid on boarding. Return journeys do not need to be on the same day, but do need to be booked with the original one-way journey.
  • Not all services go to Methven, please check the timetable or the rural services page under current news on our website.
  • Some services can stop at Hinds, Mayfield, Mt Somers or other rural locations around Ashburton, surcharges apply. Please see below for details.

 

Weekly Concession Rates

Travel Between

One Way

Return

Travel Between

One Way

Return

Ashburton & Methven

$60

$100

Methven & Selwyn

$120

$200

Ashburton & Rakaia

$60

$100

Methven & Christchurch

$160

$260

Ashburton & Selwyn

$120

$200

Rakaia & Selwyn

$60

$100

Ashburton & Christchurch

$160

$260

Rakaia & Christchurch

$120

$200

Methven & Rakaia

$60

$100

Selwyn & Christchurch

$60

$100

 

  • Weekly concession rates must be prepaid, and are for 5 actual journeys, for one-way passes and 10 actual journeys for return passes.
  • The journeys need to be pre-booked at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Holders may use these to book any journey of the same or lesser valuable in any direction, including for other people.

 

Daily Rates for Regular Users and Students

Ashburton to Christchurch return $39 per day

Ashburton to Lincoln return $30 per day

Rakaia to Christchurch return $30 per day

Rakaia to Lincoln return $20 per day

These rates are available to passengers committing to travel on the service at least 3 days per week for a period of at least a month. 

Operation of Scheduled Services

While we aim to run two return services a day Monday to Friday excluding public holidays, we do not operate services for which there are no booked passengers. Please see the upcoming services page under Latest News above for details of upcoming services confirmed as operating, and the availability of seats on them. Passengers travelling as individuals are requested to book on services which are already confirmed as operating if their travel does not need to be on a specific day, or to book as far in advance as possible so other individual passengers can book on the same service. It will not be viable for us to continue offering the service long term without raising fares if we are frequently operating it for one passenger.

Weekend and Public Holiday Services

We do not operate any Sunday morning services. We operate a Sunday evening service during school terms departing Ashburton at 4.30 pm, Methven at 5.15 pm  and arriving in Christchurch at approximately 6.30 pm, then departing Christchurch for Ashburton at approximately 7.00 pm. The Methven to Christchurch leg is primarily for school students, and limited seats are available to other passengers. The other legs are open to all passengers. We can usually operate a service on Saturdays and public holidays on request for groups of 3 or more. We are able to be more flexible with times and destinations, and are able to go to most South Island destinations. Rates will depend on whether passengers want a private hire or a service open to the public, and will generally be slightly higher than the regular rates. Please contact us well in advance if you are wanting to travel on a Saturday or public holiday service. Any services operating that are open to the public will be listed in the upcoming services under Latest News above.

Services Between Christchurch Airport and Ashburton & Methven

We operate a Monday to Friday service stopping at Christchurch airport at approximately 9.30 am and 4.00 pm. There may be some flexibility in the times depending on other bookings. We also operate a service on Sunday evenings during the school term at 7.00 pm.

The morning services depart from Ashburton only, and can return to both Ashburton & Methven. We are not able to operate services departing Ashburton before 6.25 am on weekdays.

The  afternoon services can pick up passengers in both Ashburton & Methven, and returns to Ashburton only, except for the Friday service which also goes to Methven.

The Sunday service has limited availability of seats from Ashburton & Methven, and returns to Ashburton only.

We are usually able to run airport services on Saturdays and public holidays, however a minimum charge applies, so these will usually only be cost effective for groups of 3 or more. For individual passengers, Saturday and public holiday services which are confirmed as operating will be listed in upcoming services under latest news above.

Stopping Locations

  1. Tinwald, Wilkin St opposite Café Time
  2. Tinwald, Melcombe St, New Life Church carpark.
  3. Ashburton, East St, south of Havelock St. (old I site)
  4. Ashburton Hospital, Elizabeth St opposite hospital entrance
  5. Allenton, west side of Allens Road opposite St David’s Church
  6. Rakaia, west side of SH1 near Mobil station
  7. Dunsandel west side of SH1.
  8. Lincoln University bus station
  9. ARA Institute, Madras St
  10. St Asaph’s St near Colombo St
  11. Christchurch Hospital outside new outpatients clinic
  12. Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave near Christ’s College
  13. Papanui Rd near Selwyn House
  14. Papanui Rd near Merivale Mall
  15. Papanui Rd near St. Andrews College
  16. Canterbury University east side of Ilam Road*
  17. The Hub Hornby, Chalmers St
  18. Christchurch Airport 
  19. Templeton east side of SH1 near Trent’s Road
  20. Rolleston east side of Kidman St**
  21. Dunsandel east side of SH1.
  22. Rakaia, bus shelter opposite Mobil station
  23. Rolleston west side of Kidman St**
  24. Templeton west side of SH1 near Trent’s Road
  25. Canterbury University west side of Ilam Road*
  26. ARA Institute, Morehouse Ave
  27. Burnham, east side of SH1 near Burnham Rd
  28. Allenton, east side of Allens Road near St David’s Church
  29. Ashburton Hospital, Oak Grove near carpark
  30. Rural stops around Ashburton by arrangement

Within Ashburton & Tinwald we will pick up drop-off anywhere for off-peak services. Within Christchurch we will pick up and drop off at other designated bus stops on or near the route on request (except the new hospital super stop and the bus exchange).

The route between Papanui Road and Canterbury University* will be adjusted according to bookings, and may be via Fendalton Rd, Kilmarnock St or Riccarton Rd. Services will usually  terminate at either Hornby Hub or the airport, but not service both.

In Rolleston** we can stop at the shopping centre instead of Kidman St.

Download Route Descriptions

Parking Notes

For day parking at Ashburton New Life Church, please proceed down the driveway and park behind the church building in spaces on the northern side of the carpark away from the boxing academy and church office entrance. You will be picked up in this area if you use the park and ride option.

For day parking at St David’s Church there is a limit of 4 vehicles. Please park as far from the road as possible and not in front of the entrance. Pick up will be on Allens Road near the entrance to the carpark.

The park and ride service is provided for enhanced security for your vehicle during the day, however neither Mid Canterbury Shuttle Service nor the parking providers accepts responsibility for any loss or damage. Park and ride fees are passed on directly to the providers.

Luggage

Passengers may carry small items like school bags, briefcases or laptop bags with them on board. There is limited space for larger items, so please check with us if we can take your luggage before booking or using the service. We cannot carry luggage in the passenger area due to safety regulations. We are able to carry larger amounts of luggage with 48 hours’ notice, and will usually not charge to carry extra luggage if this notice is given unless there are low passenger numbers on the service. We can carry ski bags up to 1.8 m in length, but cannot currently carry bicycles.

Payment Options

All travel requires payment in advance in the case of weekly and monthly or term rates or on boarding the vehicle for single journeys. EFTPOS facilities are available on board the vehicle. Credit cards are not accepted on board. A limited amount of change is carried. Our website will shortly have credit card payment facilities available. A 3% surcharge will apply.

Surcharges

Rural pick-up or drop-off (available on off peak services only)

  • Fairton, Chertsey, Ashburton North Industrial Estate – no charge
  • Wakanui, Lake Hood, Ashburton Airport $10 per person
  • Coldstream, Hinds, Lauriston $15 per person
  • Mayfield, Mt Somers $20 per person

Off-street day parking in Ashburton – $3 per day $10 per week $30 per month
(Available at New Life Church or St David’s Church –  see details below

Timetable

The service will operate Monday to Friday excluding public holidays, We will stop anywhere in Ashburton and at rural destinations around Ashburton after the morning off-peak service and before the afternoon off-peak service. We can usually service destinations in Christchurch not specified on request, an additional charge may apply. Morning services may be delayed by up to 45 minutes and afternoon services may be brought forward by up to 45 minutes if this suits all booked passengers. We may offer additional airport services on Saturdays and public holidays.

During school terms we also operate a Sunday evening departing Ashburton at 4.30 pm, Methven at 5.15 pm, and arriving in Christchurch approximately 6.30 pm. The service then returns to Ashburton from Christchurch at 7.00 pm. The leg from Methven to Christchurch is primarily for school students and availability of seats to other passengers is limited.

Download Details of Stopping Locations

Timetable Effective from Monday 29th April 2019

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Fares and Conditions of Carriage

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Contact

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Contact Details:

Ph: 021 0838 5112

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

Payment Options:

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

12-3494-0041729-00

Please add name and travel date as reference.

Soon we will have fully functioning online booking services available including paying by credit card.