Driving around New Zealand is a great way to get around, but there are a few things that are bit different about driving here.
Make sure you read the helpful resources below to help you stay safe while driving on New Zealand roads.
Plan your trip
While New Zealand is a small country, sometimes driving times can take longer due to winding roads. You can use this Driving Time and Distance Calculator to help you plan your journeys.
Tips for staying safe on New Zealand roads
In case of emergency, contact Police, Fire or Ambulance by dialling 111.
Remember, it’s easy to underestimate New Zealand driving times. Take plenty of breaks and give yourself additional travel time to rest and stretch your legs. There are some great suggested itineraries and New Zealand driving routes for journey inspiration available here.
Keep your eye on the weather conditions before each journey so you can drive to the conditions. Allow for extra New Zealand driving times where needed.
DriveSafe.org.nz provides information about New Zealand road rules and etiquette, along with links to more details about everything that drivers unfamiliar with NZ roads need to know. It offers valuable guidance to visiting drivers at three key stages of their trip – before they arrive, when they pick up their rental vehicle and during their journey around New Zealand.