Airport Services

 

Rates & Airport Surcharges

Our designated pick up and drop off area is located outside doors 1 and 2 at the southern or domestic end of the terminal. We are not able to access the pick up area by international arrivals, next to door 8. As we are charged for each entry into our pick up and drop off area, there is an additional surcharge of $10 per single or group booking on top off the regular fare. This surcharge only applies to the airport terminal and is not charged to or from airport hotels or Spitfire Square which is about 15 minutes walk from the terminal. Our current rates for travel on our scheduled commuter services, including group discounts, the airport surcharge and additional charge for Methven, but not including any luggage charges, are therefore as follows for passengers picked up or dropped off at the same Mid Canterbury address.

  • Ashburton / Christchurch Airport, 1 passenger $60, 2 passengers $110, additional adults $40 each, additional children under 12 $25 each
  • Rakaia / Christchurch Airport, 1 passenger $50, 2 passengers $90, additional adults $30 each, additional children under 12 $20 each
  • Methven / Christchurch Airport, 1 passenger $100, 2 passengers $150, additional adults $40 each, additional children under 12 $25 each. Rates for the first two passengers may be less if there are other passengers travelling to Methven on the same service.

Scheduled Services

Our scheduled services are primarily for commuters travelling for work our study, and our priority is to get them to their place of work or study on time. This means that there are some restrictions on the times we can pick up and drop off at the airport on these services. We also offer private transfer services if we have a driver and vehicle available, there are no time restrictions on these, however the per passenger cost is higher for less than 4 passengers. There are no scheduled services on weekends or public holidays.

Services To Christchurch Airport

Monday to Friday departing Ashburton between 6.30 and 7.15 am. This service only picks up in Tinwald, Ashburton & Rakaia. The earliest this service can drop at the airport is approximately 7.45 am, or 8.45 am if we have passengers with 8.00 am starts in the city. Usually we only have passengers with 8.00 am starts on Mondays. Should our departure time mean you would have a long wait at the airport for your flight, there is the option to be dropped somewhere in the central city if you would prefer to spend the time there. There are frequent public buses to the airport from the Central City, Riccarton Mall and Hornby Hub, and luggage lockers are available at the central bus interchange.

Monday to Friday departing Ashburton between 1.30 and 2.30 pm. This service can pick up in all Mid Canterbury locations not requiring 4WD vehicles for access. The earliest this service can drop at the airport is approximately 2.45 pm.

Services From Christchurch Airport

Monday to Friday departing Christchurch Airport between 9.00 and 10.30 am. This service can drop off in all Mid Canterbury locations not requiring 4WD vehicles for access. The service needs to depart by approximately 10.30 am in order to get back to Ashburton in time to run our afternoon service. We are not able to wait at the airport If flights are delayed significantly beyond this. We do not accept bookings on this service from domestic flights with scheduled arrivals after 10.00 am, or international flights with scheduled arrivals after 9.30 am.

Monday to Friday departing Christchurch Airport between 3.00 and 5.15 pm. This service can usually drop off in all Mid Canterbury locations not requiring 4WD vehicles for access. We are not able to wait at the airport significantly beyond 5.15 If flights are delayed as we need to get our other passengers home at a reasonable time. We do not accept bookings on this service from domestic flights with scheduled arrivals after 4.45 pm, or international flights with scheduled arrivals after 4.15 pm. The Friday service picks up students from Christchurch schools between 3.30 and 4.15 pm every week, airport pick ups will be either before or after that.

Private Transfers

We may be able to provide transfers for passengers needing to be picked up or dropped off at Christchurch Airport at times outside our schedule service times. We will usually be able to adjust the times of these in response to flight delays and flight changes. These rates are calculated based on distance and estimated driving time starting and finishing at our base in Ashburton. The rates below are for 1 to 4 passengers travelling one way with up to 4 regular luggage items (suitcases and packs). Private transfers that are already operating with room for additional passengers to book will be listed on our “Upcoming Services” page. Please contact us for a quote if your location is not listed, you require transportation for more than 4 passengers, or you will have more than 4 luggage items or larger or unusually shaped luggage items such as bicycles or sports and recreation equipment. As all services start and finish in Ashburton, the lowest private transfer rate available for Christchurch Airport is $180. A 25% surcharge is added to private transfers on public holidays due to increased wages costs.

  • Ashburton / Christchurch Airport $180
  • Rakaia / Christchurch Airport $180
  • Hinds / Christchurch Airport $200
  • Methven / Christchurch Airport $220 or $80 connecting to a service in Ashburton
  • Mayfield / Christchurch Airport $240 or $80 connecting to a service in Ashburton
  • Geraldine / Christchurch Airport $280 or $100 connecting to a service in Ashburton
  • Temuka / Christchurch Airport $300 or $120 connecting to a service in Ashburton
  • Timaru / Christchurch Airport $340 or $160 connecting to a service in Ashburton

We are only able to provide private transfers if a driver and vehicle are available, and need at least 48 hours notice to arrange these. We may not have drivers available at night or on Sunday mornings.

Luggage Restrictions And Charges

We use two vehicles for our services, a Toyota Highlander which is mainly used for daytime private transfers, and an LDV minibus which is mainly use for scheduled Monday to Friday commuter services. Both vehicles are available for any nighttime or weekend private transfers. We cannot carry adult sized skis in either vehicle.

The car has a capacity of 4 passengers, and sufficient boot space to fit golf clubs, but not snowboards, skis or bicycles. We can fit 4 to 5 suitcases, backpacks or sets of golf clubs, there is currently no tow bar or roof rack, so that is the limit of what we can carry in this vehicle.

The mini bus has a capacity of 10 passengers, we can fit 1 large suitcase, 2 or 3 small suitcases, snowboards and child skis at the rear of the vehicle. We can fit an additional 4 to 5 large suitcases or 2 bicycles in bicycle bags or airline boxes by folding down the rear row of three seats, reducing the capacity of the vehicle to 7 passengers. This vehicle has a tow bar, so can be operated with a luggage trailer

There is a standard charge of $50 for trailer hire which is charged if your luggage exceeds our capacity. This charge is divided between all passengers with luggage. We do not charge for luggage that can be carried on the folded down rear row of seats unless those seats are required for booked passengers. It is likely that this charge will be necessary on the Monday morning service to Christchurch, and Friday afternoon service from Christchurch, it may not be necessary at other times. We need at least 2 working days to arrange trailer hire.