Wellington finally gets e-scooters as Uber's Jump launches in CBD

Wellingtonians will finally be e-scootering from next week, after rideshare giant Uber confirmed it's rolling out  its Jump scooters in the capital.

Jump and another e-scooter provider Flamingo won the rights to operate up to 800 e-scooters on a six-month trial starting June 18, with a possible 12-month extension.

Jump owner Uber says it will be operating 400 scooters.

"Uber's vision is that it becomes a platform for multiple different types of transportation, whether scooters, bikes, cars or even Uber Air," said Uber's general manager for Australia New Zealand, Susan Anderson.

It means when you order an Uber in the capital, you will also have an option to find an e-scooter.

Flamingo is a local start-up that has just launched scooters in Auckland and is also planning to launch in Christchurch from September.

There are now e-scooter trials in Auckland, Wellington, Upper and Lower Hutt and Christchurch.

Wellington will be the only city that dominant provider Lime won't have a presence. It was one of 6 other companies that missed out on the trial. The others were Blip, Fuutr, Onzo, Scoot and Goat.

Wellington City Council is developing a code of practice for Jump and Flamingo to ensure the scooters  don't clog up narrow streets and footpaths.

Both Jump and Flamingo will have to pay Wellington City Council a licence fee of $615 plus $12.50 per scooter towards a public education campaign.