Ola’s entry into New Zealand follows its successful launch in Australia and the UK earlier this year. Celebrating the launch, Ola is offering Kiwis 50 per cent off on all rides for the first month (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas).

Indian-origin online transportation network company Ola, is now offering rides to passengers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch of New Zealand.

Ola’s entry into New Zealand follows its successful launch in Australia and the UK earlier this year.

Today, Ola operates in seven cities across Australia with over 50,000 drivers registered on the platform and has completed over two million rides, according to Ola.

Celebrating the launch, Ola is offering Kiwis 50 per cent off on all rides for the first month. Customers can book rides within the three major cities and can also be picked up from Auckland and Wellington airports.

With this move, Ola is offering Kiwis a reliable rideshare service, which provides a safe and affordable alternative as well as a better deal for drivers with lower commission rates that enable them to earn more. Every vehicle is inspected to ensure it is roadworthy and every driver undertakes a police check.

Quality of rides is also a key element of Ola’s approach and the service welcomes drivers to its platform to reap the benefits of a low introductory commission rate of nine per cent for drivers, as well as daily payments and support.

Brian Dewil, New Zealand Country Manager for Ola said, “Entering New Zealand is an important step for Ola, and the ridesharing industry here. Over recent weeks, we’ve received enthusiastic feedback from drivers across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch”.

“With a reliable platform, an engaged, growing group of drivers and local staff in place, we’re excited to announce that Ola is now available to Kiwi passengers, giving them a fresh alternative to move about conveniently within our cities”, Brian Dewil added.