Uber has launched in Q-town
International rideshare company Uber has launched in Queenstown.
A company spokeswoman said more than 200,000 people from 88 countries had opened the Uber app in Queenstown, before the company was operating in the resort.
Now Uber had launched, it would create more opportunities for people to ‘ditch the car’ when going out for a night and avoid driving their own vehicles on icy roads.
Initially, the service area would include Frankton, Closeburn, Arthurs Point and Arrowtown. There would be no pick-ups or drop-offs in Wanaka, on the Crown Range, or other mountain destinations such as ski fields.
Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, a regular Uber user, became Uber’s first Queenstown passenger.
He believed it would play an important role in helping with Queenstown’s parking and congestion issues.
‘‘I’ve also spoken to taxi drivers in Queenstown who have welcomed Uber’s launch, as competition raises the bar in any industry.’’
Lift operator Jason Donnelly with Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence and another operator Lucy Logan.