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.
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
Phone: 03 378 6398
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.
St John volunteers run two rural shuttles to hospitals. St John does not charge a fee for this service, but it accepts donations to help cover costs.
Service operates Monday to Friday. For information about this service you can read the Ashburton Health Shuttle pamphlet.
For more information or to make a booking, please contact:
St John Ashburton
Phone: 03 308 7132
Bookings close at 12 noon the day before transport.
Pick up/drop off points:
Ashburton: McKenzie Centre, Corner of Mona Square and Kermode St
Departs 9am, returning around 4.30pm
Rakaia: Rakaia Four Square, Railway Terrace
Departs 9.20am, returning around 4.10pm
Departs Christchurch: Times may vary, but no later than 3pm.
For more information about the service you can read the North Canterbury Health Shuttle pamphlet.
Service operates Monday to Friday with stops at:
For people with medical appointments starting after 10am and finishing before 3pm.
For more information [read the St John health shuttle pamphlet] or to make a booking please contact:
Citizens Advice Bureau, North Canterbury
Phone: 0800 383 373
Bookings close 2pm the day before transport.
Page last updated: 18 April 2019
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