Overseas drivers are often unfamiliar with some of New Zealand’s driving conditions and the roads here are possibly not what you’re used to.
While distances may seem short on paper, due to the hilly terrain roads in NZ can be narrower than in most other countries. There is also a wide variety of roads, from motorways to unsealed gravel roads.
Before you begin your trip, it is a good idea to learn more about driving in New Zealand.
- In NZ we drive on the left-hand side of the road
- Be careful not to underestimate travelling times
- Road are often narrower, more winding and can be steeper than you might expect
- NZ roads are usually two-way, with one lane in each direction – we do have some motorways
- Take care at railway crossings as not all have active warnings
- Seat belts are compulsory in NZ for everyone in the vehicle
- It is illegal to use a phone while you are driving.