April School Holidays – Services Available

Regular Services

As most of our regular passengers are not commuting between Saturday 13th and Sunday 28th April, we will not always be running our usual Monday to Friday morning and afternoon services between Ashburton and Christchurch. These will only be running if our regular commuters need the service for work or study, or if there are at least 3 passengers booked. As universities start back on Monday 22nd April, we will run services for university students travelling to classes from that date as long as there is a commitment to ongoing regular travel.

Services that are confirmed as running, or that will run if there are more bookings, can be viewed here. https://midcanterburyshuttleservice.co.nz/upcoming-services/

Rates and information for university students and other passengers considering commuting with us regularly for study or work can be viewed here. https://midcanterburyshuttleservice.co.nz/tertiary-student-services/

Private Transfers

Private transfers will be available throughout the school holiday period, due to greater availability of drivers and vehicles, we will be able to run these at most times, and to destinations other than Christchurch. Other than on Anzac Day, when a 25% surcharge applies, a private transfer between Ashburton & Christchurch is $180 and between Methven and Christchurch is $220 for 1 to 4 passengers. Contact us for other combinations or larger groups.

Group Bookings

We can accommodate groups of up to 14 passengers using our own vehicles, larger groups may be possible, but we will need sufficient notice to source a vehicle. We can run services based around events or private charters on weekdays during school holiday periods, and on weekends throughout the year. Contact us for more information.

Vehicle For Sale & Vehicle Wanted

For Sale 2023 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.5P HEV ECVT AWD

$66,500, price includes GST

  • NZ new September 2023, 28000 km approximately.
  • Available now, no waiting months for it to be made and shipped.
  • Non plug in hybrid, so no road user charges.
  • Currently used as a commercial passenger transport vehicle, and is licensed for up to 4 passengers plus the driver.
  • COF is valid until September 2024. This will be converted to a WOF if the vehicle’s use will be changed.
  • 7 passenger seats if used as a non-commercial passenger vehicle.
  • Serviced by dealer, and has had regular wheel alignments.

Viewing by appointment only, use the “contact us” information on this website to arrange an appointment. We are located in Ashburton, but may be able to arrange viewing appointments in Christchurch.

12 Seater Mini Bus Wanted

We intend replacing the Highlander with a used 12 seater Mini Bus with a large luggage space separated from the passenger area, preferably less than 10 years old, priced up to $30000, and would be interested in hearing from anyone who is selling a vehicle that meets this description. We would consider a partial trade for the Highlander for such a vehicle. Use the contact us information on this website to get in touch.





Fare Changes From 1 March 2024

We will be making the changes listed below.

  • Standard fares for one way trips and same day return trips will increase by $5. This is due to inflation and is our first increase in two years. Travel up until 12 April 2024 will be at the current rates as long as it is booked before 1 March 2024.
  • Travel to and from locations other than Ashburton, Rakaia and and nearby will incur an additional charge based on our associated additional costs to operate a service there, rather than having a set per person rate.
  • Six trip passes will remain at $210 for Ashburton passengers and increase slightly to $180 for Rakaia passengers, 10 trip family passes will increase sightly to $300 for Ashburton passengers and to $250 for Rakaia passengers. Passes will no longer be available for other locations.
  • Our rate for passengers regularly travelling return to Christchurch one day per week will increase to $60 from Ashburton and $50 from Rakaia. These rates will also apply for passengers travelling multiple days for less than a 3 week period.
  • Our rates for passengers regularly travelling return 2 or more days a week will essentially remain the same, the maximum weekly charge will remain at $180 from Ashburton, there will be a scaled per trip rate based on the actual number of trips taken in a week, this will mean passengers who miss there regular days may pay a slightly higher per trip rate.


Part Time Drivers Wanted

Part Time Drivers Wanted

We will not be responding to phone enquiries. Please apply by email only, with your contact phone number, and suitable times to call, to info [at] midcanterburyshuttleservice [dot] co [dot] nz

Please note that if you do not have a current passenger licence, the NZTA application processing time is approximately 6 weeks, you will not be able to start work until you have one.

From January 2024 we will operate 10 return trips between Ashburton and Christchurch each week at times that  allow passengers to use the service to commute for work and study; Monday to Friday morning and afternoon, and private transfers at other times. We are looking to increase capacity on some existing services, provide a link to existing services from locations outside Ashburton, and make services available to passengers at other times. There are no current vacancies, however we anticipate roles becoming available in the near future as described below.

We would prefer that applicants have a current passenger licence, but will provide assistance obtaining one for suitable applicants. This requires a police check and medical examination, there is no driving test. Applicants should be based in or near Ashburton, be over 25, and have been driving for at least 5 years.

Part Time Permanent (approximately 15 hours per week) commencing late August or early September 2024

One of our regular drivers will be shifting to other seasonal employment at this time.

This position requires the driver to be available between 6.00 am and 7.00 pm Mondays (2 return trips to Christchurch), and between 1.00 pm and 7.00 pm Fridays (1 return trip to Christchurch) every week during academic terms.

There will been one or two other return trips each week between Ashburton and Christchurch on weekdays yet to be determined. During holiday periods, work will be allocated at different times, and additional work may also be available on other days during academic terms, so some availability on days other than Monday and Friday is necessary.

Part Time Casual commencing May 2024, or as soon as possible afterwards.

One of our current casual drivers has accepted a full time position elsewhere, and will become unavailable so we are looking for someone to fill this role.

Please note that there are no set hours, or guaranteed minimum hours of work each week, so this role is best suited to someone not requiring regular income.

We would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone with a current passenger licence, or who is already commuting to Christchurch, and looking for some extra work. Duties could include the following.

  • Covering for other drivers who are sick or on leave.
  • Operating a second vehicle on heavily booked services.
  • Operating transfers connecting with our scheduled services between Ashburton and Christchurch to and from Methven, Geraldine, Timaru and nearby locations.
  • Operating daytime transfers at times when we do not operate a scheduled service.
  • Operating Christchurch Airport transfers at times that allow passengers to connect with late night and early morning flights outside our regular service times.
  • Operating transfers to and from evening conferences and social events, mostly on weekends.
  • Operating other services requiring nighttime travel.



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 $800 per month or $40 per day for a reasonably efficient model.
  • Maintenance – you will need at least one extra set of tyres per year, your vehicle will need an oil change about every 5 weeks, and a new oil filter about every 10 weeks, you will need to replace belts and other filters more often, the likelihood of major mechanical problems will be increased – about $250 per month or $12 per day.
  • Parking in Christchurch – about $5 per day or $100 per month
  • Depreciation – the increased mileage will significantly reduce the resale value of your vehicle. For a late model vehicle this could be as much as $500 per month or $25 per day.
  • Your Time – you will spend 50 to 60 hours a month driving. This is time which you are not able to use to earn an income or for other productive purposes – using the minimum wage about $1100 per month or $55 per day.

The exact figures for your vehicle may be slightly different, but clearly our regular user rate of $42 per day or about $840 per month is less than the cost for one person driving themselves, and is competitive with carpooling.

While anyone can arrange a carpool where people take turns driving, please be aware that organising a carpool where money changes hands is illegal unless the organiser has a passenger service licence, the vehicle has a certificate of fitness for a passenger transport vehicle, and the drivers have a passenger endorsement on their licence. All up this will cost about $1000 assuming no major modifications are need to the vehicle to meet the COF requirements. Operating as a commercial passenger service voids your insurance cover in the event of an accident on standard motor vehicle policies, so specific coverage to do so is also required.

What Could You Do With 60 Extra Hours A Month?

  • Learn a new language
  • Write your first novel
  • Get on top of the personal correspondence and financial planning
  • Ace every term paper or business presentation

Using our service instead of driving yourself to Christchurch every day will give you back this time. The vision and self-discipline to make the most of it is up to you.