For more information please visit the DriveSafe website.
You must have your current full and valid New Zealand driver licence or International Drivers Permit with you at all times when you’re driving. If your overseas licence or driver permit is not in English, you must also carry an accurate English translation. Please note that you must carry your original licence AND the translation at all times.
If arriving from a long-haul flight, we encourage you to rest and stay overnight before driving a long distance.
New Zealand is a small country, but driving times can often take longer than expected due to our winding roads. We recommend you use this Driving Time and Distance Calculator to get an accurate idea of New Zealand driving times while planning your trip, allowing additional time for rest stops.
Always drive on the left side of the road. If you drive on the right side of the road in your own country, please remember to keep left when pulling out onto the road, it’s easy to forget where you are!
By law, everyone in the vehicle must wear a safety belt or child restraint whether they’re in the front or back. Children under 7 years of age must be secured in an approved child seat.
Speed limit signs show the maximum speed you can travel. On the open road, the maximum speed limit is 100 kilometres per hour. In cities and towns, the maximum is 50 kilometres per hour. Be alert for signs.
All traffic turning right must give way to vehicles coming from the opposite direction and turning left. At an uncontrolled intersection, all traffic from the terminating road (bottom of the “T”) will have to give way to all traffic on a continuing road (top of the “T”).
New Zealand roads cover some impressive terrain and pass through amazing scenery, but they can also be dangerous at times and in certain weather conditions. Always drive to the conditions and reduce your speed when necessary.
Very pleased with the friendly service! We picked up the car from Auckland City and dropped the car off at the airport prior departing for Oz. When we dropped the car off we were asked if we filled the car up with petrol, which we didn't. The very friendly lady drove us to the petrol station so we could fill up and then dropped us off to the airport!!!! Nice touch!Tony MacDonald
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