The St John and Red Cross organisations offer shuttle services to transport people to and from hospital.

These services are community-based, run by volunteers, and rely on user donations.

These are regional services – patients needing to travel outside of their region for treatment may be eligible for financial assistance through the National Travel Assistance Scheme.

The Nelson Marlborough Health patient travel team arranges the transport of patients between its facilities.


St John shuttles

Marlborough: This service covers Blenheim, Picton, Havelock, Seddon, Ward and Renwick. Phone (03) 578 0797

Nelson:  This service covers Nelson, Stoke, Richmond, Atawhai and Wakefield. Bookings must be made by 2pm the day before the appointment. Phone (03) 548 8157. To contact the driver call 027 267 2232.

Motueka:  The Motueka Regional Ambulance Community Trust serves this region. Phone (03)  528 7645  or  0800 111 025

Golden Bay: There is no shuttle service in Golden Bay and the district is not covered by a public bus service. The ‘Wrinklies Express’ is a member-only service providing transport to medical appointments for people over 50, and disabled persons. Users pay an annual subscription and are asked to make a donation for each trip.

Red Cross shuttles

The Red Cross shuttle service runs from 8.30am-4pm, Monday to Thursday. It covers Richmond, Stoke, Tahunanui, Nelson city and Atawhai. They prefer bookings to be made at least two days in advance. Phone (03) 546 5012.

Shuttle Buggy (Nelson Hospital)

The Nelson Shuttle Buggy is a free service providing all weather transport (via golf cart) for patients and visitors from carparks to the Emergency Department or Orthopaedic Outpatients area at Nelson Hospital.

If you would like to become a volunteer, visit our volunteer section here.

Community vehicle service

The Marlborough Sounds Community Vehicle Trust runs an ‘on demand’ service taking passengers to and from medical appointments in Nelson.  The service picks up from Blenheim, Renwick, Picton and anywhere along Queen Charlotte Drive and State Highway 6. The service may also be able to assist returning Marlborough patients discharged from Nelson Hospital (subject to notice).  Passengers wishing to use the community vehicle must become a member of the Trust ($15 per year) and the cost of a return trip is $40.  Contact: (03) 574 1311 or email: [email protected].