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Uber driver braves cyclone for US couple

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/04/2017
A slip partially blocks Tamaki Drive on April 4, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. Torrential rain has hit the North Island as the remants of Cyclone Debbie moves across the country. © Phil Walter/Getty Images A slip partially blocks Tamaki Drive on April 4, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. Torrential rain has hit the North Island as the remants of Cyclone Debbie moves across the country.

Despite facing a $1033 bill, an American business woman has called her Auckland Uber driver a "hero" for driving her to Wellington through battering rains and floods when no-one else would.

The drama started for Lisa Kottke, who sells dental and medical software, and her husband when they landed in Auckland on March 29 on route to a critical business meeting that could not be rescheduled, NZME reports.

The pair discovered on arrival that ex-Cyclone Debbie had brought rain and fog that grounded flights all flights to Wellington.

They checked other airports, buses and taxis but could not find a way to the capital. Then, around midnight, they tried Uber.

Despite having planned to take just one more ride for the night before signing off, driver Harpal Kang accepted the Kottke's ride and set off with them on the epic road trip.

Battling the conditions, he delivered Mrs Kottke to Wellington - about 650 kilometres away - with 30 minutes to spare for her meeting.

"I don't even know if I can have words for how grateful I was. It really speaks to this young man and his character," she told NZME.

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