Uber launches in Christchurch

22 March 2016

Now Christchurch folk can get a ride in minutes with the push of a button through Uber, which launched its ridesharing service in the city on 16 March. Users will get five free rides for the first two weeks.

Uber NZ General Manager Oscar Peppitt says ridesharing opens up new income opportunities for local residents and that there is huge demand for Uber’s services in the city. “There have been more than 6000 people sign up to drive and over 10,000 people sign up to ride in Christchurch,” he says. “The service could help improve congestion problems and lower the barriers to entry for people to share rides in their car.”

“In a city rebuilding for a strong and sustainable future, we believe that ridesharing will be a positive for Cantabrians and the local economy and will contribute to making Christchurch a more liveable, economically vibrant and better connected place to be.”

Look out for the electric vehicle that’s already on the on the platform in Christchurch.

Find out more about Uber in Christchurch and download the Uber app.

Image: Uber’s first rider in Christchurch was rugby legend Israel Dagg, pictured with Uber driver Kirsty