New Zealand Driving Safety

Road Safety and Regulations

Self-driving holidays are one if the most relaxing ways of enjoying New Zealand's landscape. Many of the roads are scenic and traffic is slow when compared to international standards. It is important not to underestimate driving times. Although distances may seem short, the roads often include hilly or winding terrain, which slow down your journey. If you're used to driving in the city, you should take care when driving on the open country roads.

General Motorist Rules and Tips

Cycling and Motorbikes

International Driving Licenses and Permits

You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver's license from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). Recent law changes mean all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their license or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years. Make sure your driver's license is current. If your license is not in English, you should bring an English translation with you, or obtain an IDP. Contact your local automobile club for further details about obtaining a translation or an IDP.

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