The routes for tourists in New
Zealand are usually of standards quite high and the
major roads are sealed off. Each road, even the ones
located in far flung areas, is well marked. Just
don’t forget to drive on the left side of the road.
To find out what to expect when going driving in New
Zealand, check out the Land Transport New Zealand
In New Zealand, you are allowed to drive for up to
twelve months if you possess either an IDP or
International Driving Permit or a newly acquired
driver's license from your home nation.
After a year you will be required to apply for a license
from New Zealand. This is enforced during each visit you
make to New Zealand.
All drivers in New Zealand, even visitors from other
nations, must bring their permit or license every time they
You will only be allowed to drive the same kinds of means of
transportation you are allowed to drive in your own home
nation. 21 years old is the usual age to lawfully rent a
vehicle in New Zealand.
Be sure to check that your
driver's license is up to date. If your license is
in a language that is not English, you have to carry
with you a translation in English or get hold of an
International Driving Permit. Get in touch with your
local vehicular club for more details on acquiring
an IDP or a translation.
A valid translation of your overseas permit or
license can be granted by the following: the
Translation Service of New Zealand, a representative
of a consulate or embassy, or the one who issued
your license to drive. An IDP is acceptable as a
valid translation. It is crucial to be aware that
should you be caught driving devoid of a valid IDP
or English translation, you can be tried for
unlicensed driving or for driving a vehicle sans a
valid license and shall be held liable for an
violation fee of 400 New Zealand dollars up to 1,000
New Zealand dollars upon sentence in court.
The local authorities or police also have the
authority to prevent a driver who is unlicensed to
drive pending their acquisition of an appropriate
Should you persist on driving after being told not
to, the motor vehicle you are using will be
confiscated for twenty eight days, at the expense of
the owner of the vehicle. In case of an accident,
you are also in danger of not being paid by your
The New Zealand speed limit is a hundred kilometers
per hour on the highway and half of that in city
areas. You will come upon expressways and motorways
with multi-lanes upon approaching the bigger cities,
with a majority of the roads being two-lane
carriageways. The posting of signs follows
acceptable global symbols and all measures of
distance are in km or kilometers.
Both passengers and drivers must all buckle up in both the
back and front seats. All children below 5 years of age must
be correctly restricted by a standard restraint for children
when riding in vans or cars.