Public Transport

Although Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city, it is still relatively small which makes it easy to get around. It is also serviced by a fantastic selection of transport providers.

Christchurch public transport is in the form of a comprehensive bus service. You can pay cash fares on all services, however, if you plan to be in Christchurch for some time it would be wise to obtain a Metrocard. A Metrocard gives better value since it currently costs $1.50 per trip (as opposed to $2 for a cash fare) and you get unlimited transfers for two hours. A day pass is also available at $7 for individuals or just $15 for the entire family and can be bought from the bus driver.
Bus Timetables Interactive Route Map

A unique electric shuttle bus also provides a free service around the City center. There are 21 stops on the central city route and the brightly-colored shuttles are easy to spot.

A number of taxi services are also available, including Blue Star Taxis, Gold Band Taxis, and First Direct.

Christchurch Best Attractions runs a shuttle bus which departs regularly from the center of Christchurch and travels to The Antarctic Centre and then on to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve then back to the city center, then leaves for the Christchurch Gondola Base Station before returning to the city to start again.

The cost is $5.00 per attraction per person, or to buy the package including transport and entrance fees to all attractions the cost is $80.00 per person. To book call Canterbury Leisure Tours 0800-484-485 (New Zealand only).

If you’re looking for airport transfers, a number of transport operators run a service between the City and Christchurch International Airport. See Almac Shuttles or City Flyer.

A range of more luxurious transport is also available in Christchurch and Canterbury. A2B Luxury Lines provides transportation throughout New Zealand, with a number of luxury vehicles to choose from and drivers provided. Canterbury Limousine Tours specialize in scenic and specialty luxury car tours in Christchurch City, Canterbury, and the surrounding regions.