'Hero' Uber driver takes couple 600km through ex-cyclone Debbie

  • 26/04/2017
Ex-cyclone Debbie causes slips and flooding throughout the North Island.
Ex-cyclone Debbie causes slips and flooding throughout the North Island.

Despite facing a $1033 bill, an American business woman has called her Auckland Uber driver a "hero" for driving her to Wellington through battering rains and floods when no-one else would.

The drama started for Lisa Kottke, who sells dental and medical software, and her husband when they landed in Auckland on March 29 en route to a critical business meeting that could not be rescheduled, NZME reports.

The pair discovered on arrival that ex-Cyclone Debbie had brought rain and fog that grounded all flights to Wellington.

They checked other airports, buses and taxis but could not find a way to the capital. Then, around midnight, they tried Uber.

Despite having planned to take just one more ride for the night before signing off, driver Harpal Kang accepted the Kottke's ride and set off with them on the epic road trip.

Battling the conditions, he delivered Mrs Kottke to Wellington - about 650 kilometres away - with 30 minutes to spare for her meeting.

"I don't even know if I can have words for how grateful I was. It really speaks to this young man and his character," she told NZME.

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