I must express my disapointment in the actions of Auckland’s downtown taxi services providers.
To say they are providing a service may be a bit of a stretch.
Having attended the Michael Buble concert at Vector Arena, my senior parents and I attempted to obtain a cab ride back to our downtown hotel.
With many cabs servicing the concert-goers as they left the arena, not one, but two, cabbies refused us fare, once realising that they would only be going two minutes down Quay St to our hotel. Two things to consider about those attending this concert.
One, an older demographic and two, with Buble only playing Auckland, many out of town guests who would be staying in downtown hotels. Thankfully we were not staying further down Queen St, as even the flat terrain of our eventual walk, was tiring for my father.
A cab could have dropped us off and been back before half the people had even left the arena, for another fare.
Upon discussion with my parents, this had also happened to them on a previous trip to a show in the city – cabbies refusing fare for a close proximity ride.
We may be from a small town in the South Island, but for myself, having lived in Vancouver, Canada, for two decades and spending time in large cities up and down the West Coast of the States, an action like this would never be seen.
This show of poor form, essentially by ambassadors for your city, left me, as a local tourist, feeling appalled.
I can’t imagine how an international visitor would feel.
An efficient and professional transportation option, such as taxi services, is an integral part of any city that claims to be among the top cities in the world. It should be one that encourages use by both locals and tourists. ‘‘Super-City’’? I think not.