School Student Services

Services For Boarding School Students

We operate a Monday morning service to Christchurch departing from Ashburton at 6.30 am and Rakaia at 6.50 am only. 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.

Friday afternoon return service is available on the regular scheduled run from Christchurch to Ashburton leaving Christchurch at approximately 4.30 pm. This service may be able to drop passengers in Methven, Mt Somers, Mayfield and Hinds, additional charges will apply.

We also operate morning and afternoon services Monday to Friday should students need to travel on other days, these are subject to minimum passenger numbers before we will operate them. We need bookings for the morning service to be made by 6 pm the preceding day so we can arrange to get students to school on time. Only the afternoon services are able to travel via destinations other than Ashburton or Rakaia.

We are no longer operating a regular Sunday evening service as there were insufficient passengers using it last year it for us to cover the cost of operating it. We do occasionally run weekend services that it may be possible for boarding school students to travel on. These will be listed here. https://midcanterburyshuttleservice.co.nz/upcoming-services/

Standard One Way Fares
  • $50 between Christchurch & Ashburton for 1 person, additional siblings on the same trip are $30 each
  • $40 between Christchurch & Rakaia for 1 person, additional siblings on the same trip are $25 each
One Way Passes

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. One way passes must be prepaid by bank transfer.

Travel Between6 Trip Individual Pass10 Trip Family Pass
Ashburton & Christchurch$210 ($35 per trip)$300 ($30 per trip)
Rakaia & Christchurch$180 ($30 per trip)$250 ($25 per trip)
Additional Charges For Other Destinations

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.

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

 

Services For Day Students

  • 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 This departs between 3.15 and 5.15 pm, depending on the finish times of booked passengers.
  • Services are subject to minimum passenger number being met before they will operate.
  • We do not recommend that school age students travel with us 5 days per week for an extended period due to the long days and amount of travel.
  • Fares are calculated based on the actual number ion trips made each week, according to this tables below.
Rates For Individual Passengers Regular Commuting for More Than 1 Return Trip Each Week For More than 2 Weeks
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
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.