A new taxi service in Wellsford will provide a much-needed transport service in the area.
Chris Fong has observed first-hand the difficulty of trying to organise transport home from the pub in Wellsford.
The nearest taxi services are in Mangawhai and Warkworth which means customers can have long wait times.
Not only will Wellsford Taxis offer a convenient ride home, a new speaker system and Chris’s music playlists will keep customers entertained.
Chris anticipates the new taxi will also be useful for retirees who want to do their shopping in Warkworth or Wellsford.
He is offering discounted rates for pensioners and Gold Card holders.
For customers doing their shopping, Chris says he will wait for up to four hours without charging extra.
Wellsford Taxis’ prices are benchmarked to be competitive with other taxi services in the area. Chris offers quotes to customers on the phone, depending on the destination.
The furthest he will drive is Whangarei and Auckland.
Chris previously ran a taxi business, with a fleet of 28 taxis, in Fiji for 16 years.
“I love being a taxi driver because you get to meet lots of different people and make friends with regular customers.”
Chris anticipates he will be doing a school run in the morning and afternoon for children who do not have easy access to other transport.
“It gives parents an option to have their child transported safely from house to school gate.”
His Mazda MPV van can accommodate six passengers.
For the most convenient experience possible, customers can call or text Chris a day in advance of their ride to book in a time.
But customers who find themselves in need of a quick ride are also welcome to get in touch.
“I will always say ‘yes’ to a call. There’s a solution for everything.”
Chris says, depending on how much support he gets from Wellsford locals, he will purchase more taxi vehicles to put on the road.
Wellsford Taxis will primarily serve customers from Warkworth to Kaiwaka, but customers from Puhoi to Mangawhai and Maungaturoto can make use of the service by prior arrangement.