More than 83 million kilometres, the equivalent of travelling to the moon and back 108 times, is the distance riders in New Zealand travelled in trips booked using the Uber app during 2018.

It’s that time of year where we look back on the last 12 months and see all the cool ways that New Zealanders used Uber and Uber Eats.

Playing into our ‘rugby mad’ stereotype, Saturday 25 August was the busiest night for trips on Uber, coinciding with the All Blacks v Wallabies Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park.

Kiwis also did their fair share of international travel, using the Uber app in 78 countries in 2018. That’s every country Uber operates in except for Paraguay – perhaps an unexplored destination to add to the bucket list in 2019.

Getting a delicious meal delivered at the touch of a button is obviously appealing to lots of Kiwis – including one in particular who made 438 orders via Uber Eats in 2018, that’s more than one per day.

The most expensive order cost $870 and comprised 151 items from Wendy’s on Dominion Road in Auckland, while the smallest order was for a single sachet of ketchup!

Andy Bowie, NZ Country Manager, Uber Eats says: “It’s sometimes remarkable to see how Kiwis move around our cities and eat – hat’s off to the person who tried 114 different restaurants over the year, that is one diverse palate.

“With six cities on Uber Eats and seven cities offering ridesharing via the Uber app, our technology offers some cool insights such as the popularity of butter chicken as the nation’s most ordered dish.

“We love that driver-partners and delivery-partners in New Zealand are using our apps as a side hustle to get some extra income while having the flexibility to pursue their other focuses in life. Congrats to the driver-partner who received more than 3,500 five-star rated rides, and it is impressive that another completed 51 trips in one evening.

“Thanks to all the driver and delivery-partners who are helping Kiwis get where they want to go, and to eat what they want to eat.”

We’ve dug deep to discover some of the most interesting facts from 2018. Here are a few of our favourites:

Uber rides

  • Kiwi riders travelled a combined 83,158,994 kilometres — that’s the equivalent of travelling to the moon and back 108 times
  • The busiest night of the year was Saturday 25 August, coinciding with the All Blacks v Wallabies Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park
  • The busiest driver-partner completed 51 trips in one evening
  • One Kiwi driver-partner received 3,621 five-star rated trips in 2018 – that’s a lot of magic trips!
  • Kiwis love to travel the globe, it’s in our nature. New Zealanders used Uber in almost all 78 countries that we operate in globally – we just missed one: Paraguay
  • The most travelled Kiwi rider used Uber in 15 different countries in 2018
  • Uber ridesharing launched in four new cities – Hamilton, Tauranga, Queenstown & Dunedin – in addition to Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch

Uber Eats

  • The most popular menu item was butter chicken
  • The most searched-for item was burgers
  • Someone in Auckland ordered Uber Eats 438 times this year — that’s more than once a day!
  • Most adventurous award goes to the person who ordered from 114 different restaurants this year
  • “No onion” was the most common special instruction – followed by “no tomato” and “extra sauce”
  • A delivery partner in Auckland clocked the most kilometres this year at 24,014 kms: he could have driven the length of New Zealand 12 times (from Cape Reinga to the Bluff and back, six times)
  • A Big Mac® Combo was the number one item ordered after midnight across the country
    As a nation we ordered 505,595 burritos in 2018 and more than 7 million McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets
  • Uber Eats came to three additional cities – Hamilton, Tauranga and Dunedin – adding to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch which all saw Uber Eats launch in 2017

With the festive season and summer holidays just around the corner, it’s great to look back and reflect on the year that was – and look forward to another massive year in 2019.

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