Fares & Conditions of Carriage

Fares & Conditions of Carriage Effective Monday 4th March 2024

These fares apply to the 10 scheduled services operated each week during school and university terms; morning and afternoon Monday to Friday. Private transfer rates for services provided at other times are listed at the bottom of the page.

Standard Fares (table 1)

Travel BetweenOne WaySame Day Return
Ashburton & Christchurch or Lincoln, additional charges apply for Christchurch Airport and outer suburbs, see table 2 below$50$80
Rakaia & Christchurch or Lincoln additional charges apply for Christchurch Airport and outer suburbs, see table 2 below$40$65
Ashburton & Rolleston$40$65
Ashburton & Rakaia$25$40
Rakaia & Rolleston$25$40
  • Additional charges apply for pick up or drop of at Christchurch Airport or Christchurch outer suburbs, see table 2.
  • Scheduled services do not routinely stop at Mid Canterbury locations not listed in table 1. This may be possible on some services. Additional charges will apply, see table 3.
  • Family and group discounts are available for 3 or more passengers picked up or dropped off at the same Mid Canterbury address on the same service, see table 4.
  • Discounted one way passes are available for passengers who travel regularly, see table 5.
  • Discounted rates are available for passengers who will be making more than one same day return trip per week, see tables 6 to 8 below.
  • For passengers who will be making 2 or more same day return trips per week for 4 or more weeks for work or study, a trial rate of $20 per day is available for the first week, see the information below table 8.
  • A standard luggage charge of $50 for trailer hire will apply if passenger luggage exceeds our vehicles capacity. See below for details.

Christchurch Surcharges (table 2)

LocationSurcharge added to standard fare.
Christchurch Airport$10 per single or group booking
Outer Suburbs Zone 1 Tai Tapu, Ferrymead, New Brighton, Redwood$10 per single or group booking
Outer Suburbs Zone 2 Lyttleton, Burwood, Belfast$20 per single or group booking
Outer Suburbs Zone 3 Sumner, Kaiapoi$30 per single or group booking

Mid & South Canterbury Surcharges (table 3)

We do not routinely stop at these locations, but may be able to deviate or extend our regular Ashburton / Christchurch route to do so. We are not usually able to pick up at these locations on our morning service to Christchurch. Contact us if your location is not listed.

DestinationSurcharge added to standard Ashburton fare
Methven$40 divided between all passengers travelling to of from the destination
Mt Somers$50 divided between all passengers travelling to or from the destination
Mayfield$60 divided between all passengers travelling to or from the destination
Geraldine$120 divided between all passengers travelling to or from the destination
Temuka$150 divided between all passengers travelling to or from the destination
Timaru$170 divided between all passengers travelling to or from the destination
Hinds$30 divided between all passengers travelling to of from the destination
Wakanui$10 per single or group booking
Lake Hood$10 per single or group booking

Family and Group Rates (table 4)

Private transfers are likely to be a more cost effective option for groups of more than 3 adults or groups of more than 4 including children under 12. The surcharges in table 2 or 3 above may also apply in addition to these fares.

Travel BetweenFirst 2 Passengers of Any AgeAdditional AdultsAdditional Children Under 12
Ashburton & Christchurch or Lincoln$50 each$40 each$25 each
Rakaia & Christchurch or Lincoln$40 each$30 each$20 each
Ashburton & Rolleston$40 each$30 each$20 each

One Way Passes (table 5)

These are a discounted option for passengers who travel regularly between Ashburton and Christchurch around weekends, such as boarding school students, but do not make same day return trips often. Six trip passes are available for individuals, and ten trip passes are available for families with more than one person travelling. Passes are only available for travel between Ashburton or Rakaia & Christchurch. The surcharges in tables 2 and 3 for other destinations will need to be paid separately if applicable. One way passes must be prepaid by bank transfer.

Travel Between6 Trip Individual Pass10 Trip Family Pass
Ashburton & Christchurch or Lincoln$210 ($35 per trip)$300 ($30 per trip)
Rakaia & Christchurch or Lincoln$180 ($30 per trip)$250 ($25 per trip)
Ashburton & Rolleston$180 ($30 per trip)$250 ($25 per trip)

Regular Return Travel Rates

Discounted Options are available for passengers who will be making several same day return trips. The more frequent and regular the travel is, the more it will be discounted. Fares need to be paid at the end of each week of travel by bank transfer.

Rates for Multiple Return Trips in a 2 Week Period (table 6)
Travel BetweenRate Per Return Trip, 2 or More Trips in the Same WeekRate Per Return Trip, 2 to 4 Trips Over 2 WeeksRate Per Return Trip, 5 or More Trips Over 2 Weeks
Ashburton & Christchurch or Lincoln$60$60$50
Rakaia & Christchurch or Lincoln$50$50$40
Ashburton & Rolleston$50$50$40
Rates For Individual Passengers Regular Commuting for More Than 1 Return Trip Each Week For More than 2 Weeks (table 7)
Actual number of one way trips in a weekPer trip rate from AshburtonPer trip rate from Rakaia
1 to 3$25$22
4 to 5$23$19
6 to 9$20$16
Maximum weekly charge (trip 10 free)$180$144
Rates For Two Passengers From The Same Household Commuting for More Than 1 Return Trip Each Week For More than 2 Weeks (table 8)
Actual number of one way trips in a weekPer trip rate from AshburtonPer trip rate from Rakaia
1 to 2$25$22
3 to 5$20$17
6 to 8$18$15
9 to 11$17$14
12 to 16$15$13
Maximum weekly charge (trips 17 to 20 free)$240$208
One Week Trial

We offer a trial rate of $20 per day return to Christchurch for the first full week for any passengers who meet these criteria:

  • They have not used our service for regular weekly travel before.
  • They will be travelling return to Christchurch from Tinwald, Ashburton or Rakaia at least 3 days per week.
  • Their study course or employment in Christchurch is for a minimum period of 4 weeks.
  • The passenger or their family will be funding the travel themselves, it will not be funded by an employer or other organisation.

The intention of the trial is to allow the passenger to assess the suitability of our services for their regular travel, so the trips taken in the trial week should be those that the passenger would normally take each week for study or work purposes. A week is a period of seven consecutive days. The trial period cannot be extended to allow 5 days of travel with non-travelling working days in between.

Luggage Restrictions & 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.

Payment Options

We can accept payment by cash or EFTPOS on board the vehicle, payment can also be made by bank transfer to 12-3494-0041729-00, prepayment to this account will be required for first time passengers whose travel originates in Christchurch. We can invoice businesses and organisations on request. The only options currently available on our EFTPOS terminal are “cheque” or “savings” from New Zealand bank accounts. We are not currently able to accept credit cards or foreign bank cards. We can accept WINZ payment cards.

Refunds
  • In the event that services are cancelled by us, we will fully refund all prepaid fares.
  • No refunds will be made on prepaid multi trip passes, but the travel will be transferred to another person on request.
  • No refunds will be made on prepaid travel cancelled by the passenger less than 24 hours before the scheduled pick up. We may consider a partial refund if the cancelation is due to a personal emergency or flight cancelation
  • A cancellation fee of $10 may apply to travel cancelled more than 24 hours in advance.
General
  • Regular return commuter services will run Monday to Friday morning and afternoon. There will be no services on public holidays. We may not run scheduled services if there are insufficient pre-booked passengers to cover our operating costs, so please book before you travel with us to ensure a service is available.
  • We may not run every day during school and university holidays.
  • We will make every effort to adhere to your advised pick up time, however traffic conditions are variable and we are not able to wait in bus stops in Christchurch, so please be at the stop before your pick-up time and be patient if we are late.
  • From time to time vehicle maintenance may result in the cancellation of some services. We will advertise these cancellations in in the blog on our website.
  • Services may be cancelled at short notice due to extreme weather events, such as strong wind warnings, road snow or flooding. We will not operate if road conditions are unsafe.

 

Private Transfer Rates

We may be able to provide services at times when we do not have scheduled services operating if a driver and vehicle are available, and also to destinations we do not normally travel to. The rates are calculated based on distance and estimated driving time starting and finishing at our base in Ashburton. Some rates for the destinations we are commonly asked about are listed below.  As our cost for the return journey is included in these rates, a return journey starting and finishing in Ashburton is the same amount plus $40 per hour for driver waiting time ($60 per hour on public holidays) at the destination. A 25% surcharge applies to operate these services on public holidays.

Travel Between1 to 4 PassengersAdditional PassengersTravel Between1 to 4 PassengersAdditional Passengers
Ashburton & Christchurch$180$30 eachHinds & Christchurch$200$35 each
Ashburton & Methven$80$15 eachMethven & Christchurch$220$35 each
Ashburton & Mt Somers Village$90$15 eachMt Somers Village & Christchurch$240$35 each
Ashburton & Mayfield$80$15 eachMayfield & Christchurch$240$35 each
Ashburton & Geraldine$120$20 eachGeraldine & Christchurch$300$40 each
Ashburton & Temuka$150$25 eachTemuka & Christchurch$320$40 each
Ashburton & Timaru$170$30 eachTimaru & Christchurch$350$40 each
Ashburton & Tekapo$300$40 eachTekapo & Christchurch$480$60 each
Ashburton & Rakaia$80$15 eachRakaia & Christchurch$180$30 each
Ashburton & Akaroa$300$40 eachAshburton & Woolshed Creek Carpark$140 $20 each
Ashburton & Terrace Downs$160$25 eachAshburton & Sharplin Falls Reserve$120$20 each
  • These rates are for 1 to 4 passengers travelling one way. A 25% surcharge applies to operate these services on public holidays.
  • Same day return rate is the same as the one way rate above, plus $40 per hour for driver waiting time ($60 per hour on public holidays) at the destination.
  • Please contact us for a quote should you require transportation between destinations not listed, or require transportation for more than 10 passengers.
  • An additional charge of $50 will apply if passenger luggage exceeds our vehicle capacity.