What is different about driving in New Zealand?
There are a few things that you may not be used to when driving in New Zealand. Make sure you have a safe and enjoyable journey. Please watch the video above and read this booklet before starting out.
What’s different about driving in New Zealand? (PDF)
Be prepared for your next journey. Take the test!
New Zealand Driving tests online
Driving tips, NZ road rules and safety
There are hundreds of hidden speed cameras all over New Zealand. We strongly recommend that you obey the New Zealand speed limits. You are breaking the law when you exceed our speed limits and therefore can default your insurance.
Travelling on a long haul flight
Nervous about driving in a new country, in a different vehicle? Plan to stay a night or two in your arrival city to give yourself time to adjust to our road conditions and rules, and to get used to driving your new vehicle.
Always drive on the left side of the road. If you drive on the right hand side in your own country, please take a moment to re-familiarise yourself with this rule before pulling out onto the road after a break – it’s easy to forget where you are!
Giving way at intersections
Always use your indicators when turning. Stop completely then give way (yield) to all traffic. Slow down and be ready to stop and give way to all traffic. At an intersection where one vehicle will cross the path of another, and both are waiting on stop or give way signs (or where there are no signs), special give way rules apply.
Speed limit signs show the maximum speed you can travel. However, at times you may need to drive at a slower speed due to road or weather conditions. Different speed limits apply throughout New Zealand – look out for the speed limit signs. On most of New Zealand’s main roads the speed limit is 100 km/h, unless a sign says a lower speed applies. In urban areas, the speed limit is usually 50 km/h unless a sign says otherwise.
By law, everyone in the vehicle must wear a safety belt – whether they’re in the front or the back. If you are caught without wearing a seatbelt you will be fined.
Drivers must not use a hand-held mobile phone or use their mobile GPS when driving. The device needs to be completely hands-free or mounted securely to the vehicle.
The official New Zealand Road Code
If you would like to read more about the NZ road rules and safe driving practices, visit our friends over at the NZ Transport Agency.