Transport and parking

However you get to hospital, allow enough time to get to your appointment.

Many of our hospitals have on-site free parking for patients and visitors, but due to limited car parking around Christchurch Hospital, taking a shuttle bus, taxi or bus could be faster than driving and trying to find a car park space near Christchurch hospital.

See hospital pages for details about car parking at all our hospitals.

More details on patient and visitor car parking at Christchurch Hospital.

Christchurch Hospital has a FREE shuttle service, operating from 7.15am to 8.30pm, seven days a week.

The shuttle runs from Lichfield Street Car Park (33 Lichfield Street) to Christchurch Hospital.

To find out if you can get National Travel Assistance, visit the Ministry of Health website.

The National Travel Assistance scheme can assist Canterbury DHB-registered patients who have to travel outside of Canterbury for their treatment.

To claim travel assistance (if eligible) please contact:

Patient Travel Coordinator
Support Services
Christchurch Hospital
Phone: 03 378 6398
Email: CDHB.Travel@cdhb.health.nz  
Office Hours: 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

If you are from the Canterbury health district but live far away from the hospital, the Ministry of Health may pay all your travel expenses to and from Christchurch.

  • Please discuss this with the Nurse in Charge or Social Worker before you leave hospital.
  • You may also get travel and accommodation funding, depending on the distance from home to the hospital.

St John volunteers run two rural shuttles to hospitals. St John does not charge a fee for this service, but it does accept donations to help cover costs.

Aoraki Health Shuttle from Timaru to Christchurch

The St John Health Shuttle service provides people with transport for health-related appointments in Christchurch and operates Monday to Friday for people with medical appointments in Christchurch between 11am and 2pm.

To book a seat on the shuttle:
Phone: 0800 103 046
Bookings close at 3pm the day prior to transport.

The St John shuttle stops at: Timaru – Temuka – Geraldine – Christchurch

The shuttle leaves from Timaru at 7:30am and departs Christchurch at 3:00pm (depending on numbers of passengers).

For more information about the Aoraki shuttle bus service, read the Aoraki Health Shuttle Pamphlet (PDF,  400KB)

Ashburton and Rakaia Health Shuttle to Christchurch 

The St John Health Shuttle service provides people with transport for health-related appointments in Christchurch and operates Monday to Friday.

To book a seat on the shuttle:
Phone: 0800 103 046
Bookings close at 3pm the day prior to transport.

Pick up / drop off points:

Ashburton Cancer Society, McKenzie Centre, cnr Mona Square and Kermode Street, Ashburton
Departs 9:00am, returns approximately 4:30pm (depending on the number of clients)

Rakaia Four Square, 41 Elizabeth Ave, Rakaia
Departs 9:20am, returns approximately 4:10pm (depending on the number of clients)

For more information about the Ashburton shuttle bus service, read the Ashburton Health Shuttle Pamphlet. (PDF,  400KB)

North Canterbury Health Shuttle to Christchurch 

The St John North Canterbury Health Shuttle service operates Monday to Friday for people with medical appointments starting after 10am and finishing before 3pm.

The St John shuttle stops at: Amberley – Leithfield – Pegasus Town – Woodend – Rangiora – Kaiapoi

To book a seat on the shuttle:
Phone: 0800 103 046
Bookings close at 3pm the day prior to transport.

For information about the St John North Canterbury shuttle bus service, read the North Canterbury Health Shuttle Pamphlet. (PDF,  400KB)

 

Page last updated: 30 October 2019

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