Simmonds Tyres is owned and operated by us, Andrew Simmonds (known around Rotorua as “Simmo”), and Anita Simmonds. We’ve been a Bridgestone and Firestone dealer since we opened in June 1997. Andrew started with Firestone in Hastings when he was just 20, initially working as a truck tyre fitter. That meant working on a lot of the heavy machinery. Here we mainly do car and 4WD vehicles, but occasionally we do get the odd truck wheel in, and you can still see Simmo out there lending a hand and showing the boys the easiest way to work on those big tyres. Anita is the one who usually greets everyone with a big smile and quite often, knows our customers by name.

So what makes us different from the multitude of other tyre stores in Rotorua? We pride ourselves on giving the very best service to all of our customers. Remember the old fashioned service you used to get when you pulled up to a service station to be greeted by a smiling attendant, eager to help? Well, that’s the way we run things here – you’ll be served quickly, job done quickly and if we need a bit of time to get things done, we’ll even give you a free coffee voucher for Abracadabra cafĂ© around the corner while you wait.