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.

 

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 their own vehicle. The key attribute required is the ability to be pleasant to passengers. A P endorsement on your licence is required, this involves a police check and medical if you don’t already have it.

Regular work will be operating a return service to Christchurch on Monday mornings (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) during school terms leaving Ashburton between 6.25 and 7.15 am. Other work will be available from time to time. This will initially not be close to a full time role, and would be best suited to someone looking to supplement an existing income with some part time work, who enjoys social interaction and meeting people.

Renumeration will be discussed as part of the appointment process. It will include an hourly rate for driving, a mileage rate for using your own vehicle, and commission for referring new customers.

Please contact us initially by email, and include a phone number and appropriate times for us to call you back. Contact Us

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 vaccination passes or test certificates. This exemption does not apply to other transportation providers.

Our driver is fully vaccinated, however this and the adoption of these measures is in no way intended to imply our agreement with, support for, or endorsement of the division of New Zealanders into two classes of people. We have concerns about the likely divisive consequences within communities.

Some things to consider:

  • The worth of a person is not defined by their vaccination choice.
  • It is possible to disagree with someone without hating them.
  • Our choice about how we speak to or about another person is still 100% ours.
  • Perhaps being right is not as important as the relationship.

Green

  • No seating restrictions will apply. Individual passengers are no longer required to be physically 1m apart, but may choose to seat themselves so they are.
  • Masks will not be mandatory except for passengers recently arrived from locations not at green. Masks are recommended for all passengers.
  • Vaccination passes are not required.

Orange

  • No seating restrictions will apply. Individual passengers are no longer required to be physically 1m apart, but may choose to seat themselves so they are if space is available.
  • Masks will be mandatory for all passengers aged 12 or older, and are recommended for younger passengers.
  • Vaccination passes are not required.

Red

  • Seating restrictions may apply, capacity will be limited to 6 to allow for physical distancing if there is local community transmission. Individual passengers are no longer required to be physically 1m apart, but are advised to seat themselves so they are.
  • Masks will be mandatory for all passengers aged 12 or older, and are recommended for younger passengers.
  • Vaccination passes are not required.
  • Minimum booking requirements may come into effect due to reduced passenger numbers. Some services may not operate due to insufficient passenger numbers..

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 Somers & Mayfield on request, which is accommodated by leaving Ashburton earlier. The service drops off in Christchurch between 6.30 and 6.45 pm. Bookings from Ashburton, Methven and Rakaia need to be made by 1.00 pm on the day of travel, bookings from Hinds or Mayfield need to be made by 9.00 am on the day of travel, so we can confirm pick up times for other passengers.

We also operate a Monday morning service departing from Ashburton at 6.30 am and Rakaia at 6.50 am. This is a popular service, with some regular passengers travelling every week, and It is recommended that passengers book as far in advance as possible to ensure that seats are available. Large luggage items may not be able to be carried on board on this service.

A Friday afternoon return service is available on the regular scheduled run from Christchurch to Ashburton leaving Christchurch at approximately 4.00 pm, It will operate via Methven, Mayfield, Mt Somers and Hinds on request.

  • The operating days of all the above services will be adjusted for public holidays on Fridays or Mondays.
  • Please let us know at least 72 hours in advance if you are planning to take large bags or bulky luggage so we can arrange a luggage trailer if necessary, additional costs may apply.

Monday to Friday Services

We operate a daily morning service from Ashburton and Rakaia to Christchurch, which arrives between 7.45 am and 8.45 am depending on the start times of booked passengers.

We operate a daily afternoon service from Christchurch which can also drop in Methven, Mayfield and Hinds. This departs between 3.15 and 5.15 pm, depending on the finish times of booked passengers.

Fares

SCHOOL STUDENT WEEKEND FARESOne Way6 Trip One Way Pass10 Trip One Way Pass
Ashburton / Christchurch$45$210$280
Rakaia / Christchurch$35$162$220
Lake Hood, Wakanui, Hinds / Christchurch$55$234$310
Methven, Mayfield, Mt Somers / Christchurch$60$258$340

The 10 trip one way pass is only available to families with 2 or more siblings commuting.

STUDENT DAILY RETURN RATESDay Return2 Day Returns A Week3 or More Day Returns A Week5 Day Returns A Week
Ashburton / Christchurch, Lincoln$75$120$42 per day$180
Rakaia / Christchurch, Lincoln$60$90$32 per day$140
Ashburton / Rakaia$30$50$24 per day$110
Ashburton / Rolleston$60$90$32 per day$140
Ashburton, Rakaia / Christchurch, Rolleston, Lincoln First week trial for passengers commuting at least 3 days each week$24 per day

An extra charge $5 to $10 per trip will apply for some outer suburbs of Christchurch, see our fares and conditions of carriage for details. This charge does not apply to any of the main boarding schools.

 

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 operating where possible, as this will assist us in being able to maintain our current fares.

Services will not operate if there is road snow, or strong wind warnings are in place, and may be delayed or cancelled.

Under the orange level of the traffic light system masks are mandatory. Public transport providers other than airlines and inter-island ferries are not permitted to ask passengers for vaccination passes, so we will not be requiring these.

The Next 10 Days

Thursday 19th May – Departing Ashburton 6.35 am, 8 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 8.45 am, 10 seats available. Departing Ashburton approximately 2.15 pm, 10 seats available, departing Christchurch Airport 4.00 pm, Christchurch approximately 4.30 pm, 7 seats available.

Friday 20th May – Departing Ashburton 6.35 am, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 4.30 pm, 8 seats available.

Saturday 21st May – No services operating.

Sunday 22nd May – Departing Ashburton 5.00 pm or earlier, pick ups also available in Hinds, Mayfield, Mt Somers, Methven, Rakaia, 9 seats available. Departing Christchurch approximately 6.45 pm, 10 seats available.

Monday 23rd May – Departing Ashburton 6.25 am, 7 seats available, departing Christchurch 3.45 pm or later, 7 seats available.

Tuesday 24th May – No current bookings.

Wednesday 25th May – Departing Ashburton 7.20 am or earlier, 8 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 3.20 pm, 8 seats available.

Thursday 26th May – Departing Ashburton 7.20 am or earlier, 8 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 3.15 pm, 9 seats available.

Friday 27th May – No current bookings.

Saturday 28th May – No services operating.

Future Bookings Beyond 10 Days

Sunday 29th May – Departing Ashburton 5.00 pm or earlier, pick ups also available in Hinds, Mayfield, Mt Somers, Methven, Rakaia, 10 seats available. Departing Christchurch approximately 6.45 pm, 10 seats available. Bookings are required by the preceding Friday to run this service.

Monday 30th May – Departing Ashburton 6.25 am, 7 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 3.45 pm or later, 7 seats available.

Tuesday 31st May – Departing Ashburton approximately 2.30 pm, 8 seats available, departing Christchurch Airport approximately 4.15 pm, 10 seats available.

Wednesday 1st June – Departing Ashburton 7.20 am or earlier, 8 seats available, departing Christchurch 3.20 pm or later, 8 seats available.

Thursday 2nd June – Departing Ashburton 7.20 am or earlier, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch 3.15 pm or later, 9 seats available.

Sunday 5th June – Departing Ashburton 5.00 pm or earlier, pick ups also available in Hinds, Mayfield, Mt Somers, Methven, Rakaia, 10 seats available. Departing Christchurch approximately 6.45 pm, 10 seats available. Bookings are required by the preceding Friday to run this service.

Monday 7th June – Departing Ashburton 6.25 am, 7 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 3.45 pm or later, 7 seats available.

Wednesday 8th June – Departing Ashburton 7.20 am or earlier, 8 seats available, departing Christchurch Airport approximately 10.30 am for Highbank, then Ashburton, 9 seats available. Departing Ashburton approximately 1.30 pm, 10 seats available, departing Christchurch 3.30 pm or later, 8 seats available.

Thursday 9th June – Departing Ashburton 7.20 am or earlier, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch 3.15 pm or later, 9 seats available.

Sunday 12th June – Departing Ashburton 5.00 pm or earlier, pick ups also available in Hinds, Mayfield, Mt Somers, Methven, Rakaia, 10 seats available. Departing Christchurch approximately 6.45 pm, 10 seats available. Bookings are required by the preceding Friday to run this service.

Monday 13th June – Departing Ashburton 6.25 am, 7 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 3.45 pm or later, 7 seats available.

Tuesday 14th June – Departing Ashburton approximately 2.00 pm, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch 3.45 pm or later, 10 seats available.

Wednesday 15th June – Departing Ashburton 7.20 am or earlier, 8 seats available, departing Christchurch 3.20 pm or later, 8 seats available.

Thursday 16th June – Departing Ashburton 7.20 am or earlier, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch 3.15 pm or later, 8 seats available.

Tuesday 26th July – Departing Ashburton 11.45 am or earlier, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch airport 1.30 pm or later, 10 seats available.

Friday 5th August 12.00 pm or earlier, 10 seats available, departing Christchurch Airport 1.45 pm or later, 9 seats available.

 

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 7.15 am. Passengers in other locations in Mid-Canterbury will need to arrange their own transportation to meet the service there. Parking is available in both locations.

We operate a daily morning service from Christchurch which can also drop off in Methven, Mt Somers, Mayfield, Wakanui, Lake Hood and Hinds on request. Other Mid-Canterbury locations may also be possible. This usually departs Christchurch between 9.00 am and 10.00 am.

We operate a daily afternoon service from Ashburton to Christchurch, which typically departs between 1.30 and 3.00pm in order to arrive in time for afternoon pick ups. This service can pick up in Methven, Mt Somers, Mayfield, Wakanui, Lake Hood and Hinds on request. Other Mid-Canterbury locations may also be possible.

We operate a daily afternoon service from Christchurch which can also drop off in Methven, Mt Somers, Mayfield, Wakanui, Lake Hood and Hinds on request. Other Mid-Canterbury locations may also be possible. This usually departs Christchurch between 3.30 pm and 5.15 pm, depending on the finish time of booked passengers.

Daily services will not run on public holidays, and may not run during school holidays.

Sunday Afternoon Service

We operate a Sunday afternoon service from Ashburton to Christchurch, which typically departs Rakaia at 5.30 pm and aims to drop off passengers in Christchurch by 6.30 pm This service will pick up in Methven, Mt Somers, Mayfield, Wakanui, Lake Hood and Hinds on request. Other Mid-Canterbury locations may also be possible. Pick up times will be advised once we know what pick ups we have, bookings close at 1 pm on the day of travel for Ashburton & Rakaia, and 9 am on the day of travel for other locations.

This service is primarily used by boarding school students, so may not operate during school holidays. It will operate on the last day of a long weekend instead if that day is not a Sunday.

 

Services Between Mid-Canterbury Locations.

We do not operate any regular services between Ashburton and Methven, or any other locations in Mid-Canterbury. We will provide transfers as part of our regular Ashburton / Christchurch trips for one passenger to or from Lake Hood or Wakanui, for one passenger to or from Hinds, Mayfield, Mt Somers or Methven only if we are already going there or nearby for other passengers, or for 2 passengers if we are not.

 

Fares

Please see fares and conditions of carriage on this website for full details of fares, surcharges and conditions of travel..

FARES PER PASSENGER BETWEENOne WayDay Return6 Trip One Way Pass10 Trip One Way Pass
Lake Hood, Wakanui, Hinds / Christchurch, Lincoln$55$90$234$310
Methven, Mayfield, Mt Somers / Christchurch, Lincoln$60$95$258$340
Rangitata , Geraldine, Arundel/ Christchurch, Lincoln$70   
Lake Hood, Wakanui / Ashburton$10   
Hinds / Ashburton$15   
Methven, Mayfield, Mt Somers / Ashburton$25   

 

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 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 $39 per day or about $780 per month is less than the cost for one person driving themselves, and is competitive with carpooling.

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.