Whether you are heading across town, out for the night or doing the shopping, First Direct is the friendly and affordable taxi service that will take you smiling to anywhere in Christchurch.

Christchurch has faced unprecedented challenges during the last year. But throughout the hard times and into the good times, the green chequers of First Direct have taken Christchurch people to where they need to be. Our large fleet of modern vehicles means that we are always there for you.

Special Services

First Direct also provides a wide range of specified services including:

Special Request

With our decades of experience, we are well prepared for the wide range of special requests that our customers may have. We can meet these standard special requests:

  • Female driver
  • Mobile EFTPOS
  • Bike racks
  • Small pet transport
  • Jump starts

If you have a special request that is not listed here, please call us and we will see what we can do.


First Direct Taxis is Christchurch's leading specialist in transporting disabled people. We have one of the largest fleets of wheelchair accessible taxis in Australasia. Most of our wheelchair vehicles are Ford Transit or Toyota Hi-Ace vans with rear access hoists that can carry up to four chairs. We also use Toyota Estima Welcabs which kneel with a drop-down ramp. This allows a single wheelchair passenger to sit next to four friends and family members. The Welcabs are popular vehicles for outings and sightseeing tours.

All our wheelchair vehicle drivers are NZQA accredited in transporting wheelchair passengers. They and many other First Direct drivers are also NZQA accredited in transporting people with other physical disabilities and intellectual disabilities.

We accept Total Mobility discount vouchers. If you are unable to easily access public transport due to a disability or illness, you may be entitled to use these vouchers. Contact us for more details.

School Transport

We have the biggest fleet of minivans in Christchurch, perfect for smaller school outings, such as senior classes on sports trips or work experience. We can do multiple pick-ups too if require.

Group Transport & Travel Planning

We offer a wide range of group transport services.

  • Do you have groups of people that need to move from multiple pick-up points to multiple drop-off points?
  • Does your group need a shuttle to move quickly and easily to and from the airport or around the city?
  • Do you need to get everyone home safely after the function?
  • Is public transport letting your employees down when they commute?

Let us relieve the stress of planning your organisation's travel plan or the transport for your next event. Taking a cab can be more cost-effective than you think. We are Christchurch's leading experts in shared transport and will always plan the most advantageous routes for you at no extra cost.

Tours & Sightseeing

Our cars and vans take groups of up to 11 people anywhere you want to go. Winery tours, rest home outings, sightseeing tours of Canterbury or beyond - you name it we'll take you there and back. Let one of our experienced drivers show you the sights.