Ride-share company Ola expanding to 11 more New Zealand centres

Ola may be coming to a centre near you.
Ola may be coming to a centre near you. Photo credit: Getty.

Ride-sharing company Ola is expanding into 11 more centres as it "gears up to bring competition to the regions". 

Ola - a competitor to Uber - currently operates in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, but the company announced on Wednesday it will expand into other Kiwi cities and towns later this month.

Hamilton, Dunedin, Palmerston North and Tauranga are among the 11 centres to see the ride-sharing company come their way.

"It's an important step for Ola. We're committed to providing more choice for customers and opportunity for drivers across New Zealand so they can benefit from our offer of lower commissions and better value rides," New Zealand Ola country manager Brian Dewil said in a statement.

"Providing a safe and affordable alternative for ride-share in eleven new locations throughout New Zealand will benefit thousands of Kiwis, particularly as people flock to the regions over the summer holiday period."

The statement says Ola has become Aotearoa's fastest-growing ride-share company, with 9000 drivers signed up.

The company has also announced it is heading to Australia.

The eleven Kiwi centres that Ola is expanding to are:

  • Dunedin
  • Hamilton
  • Hastings
  • Napier
  • Nelson
  • New Plymouth
  • Palmerston North
  • Queenstown
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo