The Christchurch quake is hastening the arrival of a new Queenstown taxi operator.
National company Green Cabs aims to hit local streets by late next month.
Reduced work in Christchurch following the February quake has brought forward its Queenstown plans, southern area manager Diane Bramao says.
“Drivers in Christchurch are wanting to go down or send their cars down because of the lack of work here.”
The company, which also operates in Auckland and Wellington, runs a fleet of 150 Toyota Prius electric/petrol hybrids.
“Our flagfall might be a little bit higher but our per km rate is a lot cheaper,” Bramao says.
Green Cabs will operate at least five vehicles 24 hours a day as legally required, she adds.
The company has advertised for local owner/operators on the Trade Me website.