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Heading to Hospital? The CDHB’s popular hospital shuttle service has now relocated

Wednesday 20 June 2018Media release3 minutes to read

For detailed information about the Deans Avenue car park and hospital shuttle including shuttle bus times and parking payment options, see

Canterbury District Health Board's popular hospital shuttle service for patients and hospital visitors ​has now moved from the Deans Avenue car park to Christchurch City Council's Lichfield Street Car Park building. 

The new car park is at 33 Lichfield Street, opposite the Justice Precinct and only a short distance from the hospital.

The DHB has made this move, in conjunction with the Council, to ensure that hospital visitors and patients can benefit from the brand-new car park facilities at the Lichfield Street Car Park building. It will make for a more pleasant and stress-free parking experience and – crucially on wet winter days – it is all under cover and well lit.

Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates says, “We set up our original hospital shuttle service back in October 2014 as a temporary stop-gap to ease our hospital parking problems, and we've transported nearly one million passengers since then.

We know that parking at the hospital is still very difficult and will remain so until a replacement for the old blue public car park is built. Until that time we will continue to run a hospital shuttle to and from the Lichfield Street Car Park building to ensure that people get to their hospital appointments on time.

I'm very pleased to announce this great improvement in our service – our thanks to the Council for the opportunity and for working with us towards this solution.”

Christchurch City Council Chief Executive Dr Karleen Edwards says, “I'm delighted to partner with the DHB to get this initiative up and running. It makes perfect sense, and I'm thrilled the Council is able to assist.”

How to catch the shuttle

  • The shuttle operates from:
    • 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday
    • 9am – 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • Drive into the car park at 33 Lichfield Street, take a ticket from the machine at the barrier arm, and park anywhere there is a space, you can park for up to 24 hrs.
  • Digital signs show you where to park and how many spaces are left.
  • Take the stairs or the lift to the designated pick-up area at Level 2. This area is clearly marked and has seating.
  • The hospital shuttle bus will pick you up from this area, and bring you back to the same location after your appointment.

Prefer to walk? It's roughly a 10 minute walk from Lichfield Street Car Park building to the hospital. While roadworks are going on, the best route is along Tuam Street.

For more information, see or call 0800 555 300 .

For parking rates, see



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