Airport pickup service - Information for International Students - Accommodation - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Airport Pickup Service

If you are arriving in New Zealand for the first time and are intending to study for at least one semester ie February-July or July-December, the University can arrange to have you picked up from the airport and delivered to your pre-arranged accommodation. This service is also available to students who are new to New Zealand and studying through the UC International College (UCIC).

This service is free but must be booked five working days prior to your departure.


Please note that bookings made on a Saturday or Sunday cannot be processed until Monday.*

The University will be closed 23 December – 3 January (inclusive). If you are arriving in early January we require your completed booking form before 23 December. Alternatively, the public transport system from the airport provides bus, shuttle and taxi services, see Christchurch Airport page or view details below.

Bookings are made with Gold Band Taxis Christchurch Ltd - any amendments to a confirmed booking must be made with the taxi company directly. Any charges incurred for an airport pickup due to failure to inform the taxi company of a change may result in the student being charged.

Please fill in the following form with all your details
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You will receive an email from Accommodation Services confirming the details of your pickup service and where you will find your driver.

Please Note: If you do not receive the confirmation email from Accommodation Services your airport pickup may NOT have been booked - please contact accommodation@canterbury.ac.nz to confirm.

Purple Line Bus – Airport to Sumner via Avonhead

Departs from outside the far end of the International Arrivals Hall (past the Vodafone counter) and available 7 days a week
Estimated cost Airport to University - NZ$4.00

Super Shuttle – 0800 (SHUTTLE) (0800 748885)

Located outside the International Arrivals Hall and available 24 hours a day
Estimated cost Airport to University - NZ$23.00

Gold Band Taxis – (03) 3795 795

There are two taxi ranks – one located at each end of the terminal
If no taxi is available, use the free phone located at the International Arrivals Hall
Estimated cost Airport to University – NZ$35.00