Are you travelling to Christchurch, New Zealand and are looking to take advantage of the public transportation here? Then this blog post is for you. Christchurch as a very efficient and affordable bus transport system that both travellers and locals take advantage of. In an earlier post, we took a look at who runs the buses and we looked at the prices, plus gave a great tip on how to save money (by purchasing a metro card). In this post, we will discuss in more detail the bus that leaves from the airport – the Purple Line bus (Sumner to Airport via Avonhead). This post will give you instructions on how to catch it, and how to take it to Haka Lodge.
What are my options when travelling from the airport?
There is a public bus that stops directly outside the doors of the airport. Christchurch is very unique in the way it is set up; the airport is very close to the city CBD. The reason it is so close is because Christchurch is completely flat. This meant that the airport was able to be built close to the city centre. The great thing about this, is it means that a bus can go directly to/from the airport, just like another bus. The bus is the Purple Line bus, and the bus stop is just a short 10 minute walk to Haka Lodge.
The easiest way to find the bus stop is to simply ask one of the airport staff members. The airport is easy to get around and they will be able to direct you there, no worries. The bus runs from 6am – 11pm, and it runs every half hour. It costs a little bit more than a standard bus fare; $8.00 one way (unless you have a metro card. If you have a metro card it will only cost $2.50). It costs a bit more because the bus has extra space for storing luggage. Please only use this service if you have 1 piece of cabin luggage (not including portable, hand luggage) as there is only limited space on the bus.
How do I get to Haka Lodge on the Purple Line bus?
Public Bus P travels through the city first – Don’t get off the bus until Ferry Road, Woolston – immediately after the Post Shop on your left. Then walk back from the bus stop to the corner of St John’s Street and Ferry Road and walk north 10 minutes down St John’s Street to Linwood Avenue. Haka Lodge is located on the corner of St John’s Street and Linwood Avenue. It is a big, wooden house surrounded by a lot of trees and bushes.
What are my other options for getting to Haka Lodge?
This is a very common question. Haka Lodge is about 20-25 minutes away from the airport, and there are a lot of options for getting here. If you feel comfortable driving we recommend hiring a rental car, as overall this will make your trip to Christchurch easier and will give you lots of options such as day trips to Akaroa. Taxi’s are an option, but they are more expensive than your other option; a shuttle. We recommend Almac Shuttle which costs $25 for 2 people (extra people are an additional fee) and they will take you directly to our doorstep.
What are my options to get to haka Lodge if I am in the City Centre?
You can also catch bus 140 from the central bus exchange located on Lichfield Street. This journey is about 15 minutes. You will need to get off the bus after the BP Petrol Station on Linwood Avenue. If you are unsure, tell the bus driver you need to get off just before “Oderings Garden Centre” on Linwood Ave. This is directly opposite the Haka Lodge. The fare is only $3.50 one way.
The Purple line from the Airport will also pick up from the bus exchange and will drop you off on Ferry Road, immediately after the Post Shop on your left Then walk back from the bus stop to the corner of St John’s Street and Ferry Road and walk north 10 minutes down St John’s Street to Linwood Avenue. Haka Lodge is located on the corner of St John’s Street and Linwood Avenue. It is a big, wooden house surrounded by a lot of trees and bushes.