Mt Hutt Helicopters


Travelling to and from Mid Canterbury is easy and we offer travellers a selection of quality transport options, suiting all budgets and travelling preferences.
Mt Hutt Helicopters

By Air

Christchurch Airport is New Zealand's second largest airport . As the gateway to the South Island, Mid Canterbury is one hour South of Christchurch airport.

Richard Pearse Airport, Timaru

Located 15 minutes from the city  of Timaru, Air New Zealand Link operates out of Richard Pearse Airport and connects Timaru with 26 other domestic towns and cities including Auckland and Wellington.

By Road

Buses from Christchurch Airport to Methven 

Methven Travel provides regular transport services from Christchurch Airport and surrounding accommodation to Methven and return. They operate luxury modern Mercedes vans, offering plenty of space. 

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Buses from Christchurch Airport to Ashburton

InterCity operates over 100 daily services connecting more than 600 towns, cities and communities nationwide. InterCity also offers a range of economical pass products including InterCity FlexiPass and InterCity TravelPass. 

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Budget Shuttles and Bus services offer transport to Christchurch city and airport. They travel to and from Timaru to Temuka, Geraldine, Ashburton and Christchurch return. 

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By Sea

Ferries have been Kiwis' favourite way of crossing Cook Strait for years. There are two ferry companies Interislander and Bluebridge to and from the ports of Wellington and Picton. 

The journey takes 3 hours and up to 15 crossings are made per day. You can drive your car or campervan onto the ferry, or time your crossing with the departure of the Coastal Pacific train making for a seamless transition from the North Island to Christchurch and Mid Canterbury.

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By Rail

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys combine world class scenery and a modern rail system to connect Christchurch and Canterbury with neighbouring regions Marlborough and the West Coast.

How do you clear snow off the tracks? With a snow-plow train of course


The TranzAlpine traverses through the Southern Alps connecting the South Island's east and west coasts. Following the Waimakariri River through the Canterbury Plains and eventually climbing into the Southern Alps, the TranzAlpine stops in Arthur's Pass before passing through the Otira tunnel and continuing on to Greymouth.

Coastal Pacific

The Coastal Pacific winds its way along the east coast of the South Island between Christchurch and the port-town of Picton. The Coastal Pacific stops in 9 towns along its route including Kaikoura.

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