Holiday Closure & December – January Shuttle Services

  • We will close over the Christmas and New Year period, and will not be operating any services from Wednesday 22nd December 2021 to Thursday 13th January 2022.
  • We are available for private hires for groups of up to 10 passengers during December and January other than during our holiday closure. Destinations and times are flexible. Contact us for a quote.
  • Regular daily services will not operate after Tuesday 7th December 2021. We will run services where there are sufficient bookings up until Tuesday 21st December 2021.
  • Sufficient bookings to run a service during this period, are $80 between Ashburton & Christchurch, or $100 between Methven & Christchurch, plus $5 per person airport surcharge if applicable. Individual travellers can either opt to pay the higher fare to travel at a particular time, or book on a service that is already operating at regular fares. See “upcoming services” on our website for details of what services are operating.
  • We will run services where there are sufficient bookings from Friday 14th January 2022 until probably Thursday 3rd February 2022.
  • We will resume regular daily services from the afternoon of Friday 4th February 2022, or earlier if anyone who will be commuting every week starts before that date.

 

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 will apply, capacity will be limited to 6. 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..

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.

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 & 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.

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 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 48 hours in advance if you are planning to take large bags or bulky luggage so we can arrange a luggage trailer if necessary.

Daily Services

We operate a daily morning service from Ashburton and Rakaia to Christchurch, which arrives between 8.00 am and 8.45 am depending on bookings.

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 bookings.

Fares

  • The standard fare for these services from either Ashburton or Methven is $40 one way or $65 return for the first child from each family, then $25 one way or $50 return for siblings. We offer a 20% discount for prepaying 5 trips. A one way 5 trip pass costs $160 for 5 trips in either direction ($100 for siblings). A return 5 trip pass costs $260 for 10 trips in either direction ($200 for siblings).
  • From Rakaia the standard fare is $30 one way or $50 return for the first child from each family, then $20 one way or $40 return for siblings, a 5 trip one way pass costs $120, a 5 trip return pass costs $200.
  • From Hinds or Mayfield, the standard fare is $50 one way or $80 return for the first child from each family, then $30 one way or $60 return for siblings, a 5 trip pass costs $200, ($120 for siblings) a 10 trip pass costs $320. *$240 for siblings).
  • For anyone using the daily service at least 3 days a week the fares are $39 per day return from Ashburton or $30 per day return from Rakaia. We offer a one week trial of the daily service for $20 return per day for new passengers considering using the daily service at least 3 days per week.

 

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

Friday 14th January to about Thursday 4th February – Regular daily services will not operate until our regular commuters resume travelling for the year. Minimum booking requirements will apply to operate a service; these are $80 between Ashburton & Christchurch or $100 between Methven & Christchurch, plus $5 per person airport surcharge if applicable. Single travellers will be able to book on the services listed below in Italics at regular fares.

Monday 17th January – Departing Ashburton 7.05 am, 6 seats available. Departing Christchurch Airport 12.30 pm for Akaroa, private hire, no seats available.  Departing Akaroa approximately 2.30 pm for Ashburton, this service will not go further north than Lincoln or Rolleston unless at least 2 passengers book from Christchurch, 10 seats available.The fare from Akaroa to Rakaia or Ashburton is $40.

Tuesday 18th January – Departing Ashburton 8.45 am or earlier, 10 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 10.30 am, 8 seats available. Departing Ashburton approximately 2.45 pm, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 4.30 pm, 9 seats available.

Wednesday 19th January – Departing Ashburton 10.00 am or earlier, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 11.45 am, 9 seats available. Departing Ashburton approximately 3.15 pm, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 5.00 pm, 9 seats available.

Thursday 20th January – Departing Ashburton 9.45 am or earlier, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch for Akaroa approximately 2.00 pm, 10 seats available, the fare between Christchurch and Akaroa is $40. Departing Akaroa for Christchurch approximately 4.00 pm, private hire, no seats available. Departing Christchurch approximately 5.45 pm, 10 seats available.

Monday 24th January – Departing Ashburton 7.00 am, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch 8.45 am or later, 10 seats available. This service could alternatively run on the preceding Sunday afternoon if passengers needed to travel then.

Tuesday 25th January – Departing Ashburton 2.45 pm or earlier, 10 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 4.30 pm, 9 seats available.

Future Bookings Beyond 10 Days

Friday 28th January – Departing Ashburton 8.15 am or earlier, 10 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 10.00 am for Methven, then Ashburton, 9 seats available.

Monday 31st January – Departing Ashburton 7.00 am, 9 seats available, departing Christchurch 8.45 am or later, 10 seats available. This service could alternatively run on the preceding Sunday afternoon if passengers needed to travel then.

Tuesday 1st February – Departing Ashburton 2.45 pm or earlier, 10 seats available, departing Christchurch approximately 4.30 pm, 9 seats available.

Monday 14th February – Ashburton to Christchurch Airport, time to be confirmed, 8 seats available, Christchurch Airport to Ashburton, time to be confirmed, 10 seats available.

 

 

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 2.30 pm Monday to Friday) in other locations around Ashburton on request either as an add-on to travel to and from Christchurch or for travel to and from Ashburton. This travel needs to be booked 48 hours in advance. The fares are:

$10 per person each way Ashburton Airport, Lake Hood, Wakanui

$15 per person each way Coldstream, Hinds, Lauriston, Methven

$20 per person each way Mayfield, Mt Somers

We are currently not able to offer a rural service with our peak time services due to regulations restricting the length of the work day, we do however have off-street day parking options available in Ashburton for passengers wanting to use the peak time services.

There will be two additional regular Ashburton to Methven services each week during school terms at 4.30 pm on Sundays, and approximately 6.00 pm on Fridays, and a Methven to Ashburton service at approximately 6.30 pm on Fridays.

 

Summary of Methven Services

Ashburton to Methven

  • Approximately 10.30 am and 2.00 pm Monday to Friday,
  • Approximately 6.00 pm Friday,
  • Approximately 4.30 pm Sunday

Methven to Ashburton

  • Approximately 11.00 am and 2.30 pm Monday to Friday
  • Approximately 6.30 pm Friday

Christchurch to Methven

  • Approximately 9.30 am Monday to Friday
  • Approximately 4.30 pm Friday

Methven to Christchurch

  • Approximately 2.30 pm Monday to Friday
  • 5.15 pm Sunday

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 also available to people commuting for work or appointments. The evening return service is timetabled to pick up from 5.00 pm, but will leave earlier if this suits all booked passengers.

For students and other regular commuters from Ashburton that commit to using the service at least 3 days a week for an extended period, we offer a 40% discounted daily return rate to Lincoln ($30) and Christchurch ($39). From Rakaia on the same service the daily return rates for such regular passengers are $20 to Lincoln and $30 to Christchurch. For new passengers wanting to try the service your first week is $20 per day, as long as there is a minimum of 3 days travel booked by the same person to and from the same place.

For regular travellers commuting less than 3 days a week we offer a 20% discount on our standard fares in the form of a 5 ride of 10 ride prepaid pass. These passes can be used to book travel in either direction.

  • Ashburton to Christchurch one way 5 trip pass $160, return 5 trip pass (10 trips) $260
  • Ashburton to Lincoln or Rakaia to Christchurch one way 5 trip pass $120, return 5 trip pass (10 trips) $200

We do not currently offer the commuter service from Methven or locations other than Tinwald, Ashburton or Rakaia but there are parking options available in Ashburton and Rakaia for those from out of town.

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.

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.