Driving in New Zealand

Driving in New Zealand is very different from driving in the United States. Here are some of the main rules of the road to help you be great driver in New Zealand:

  • Drive on the left hand side of the road.

New Zealand drive on the left hand side of the road which means the driver sits on the right. This can be hard to get used to. One way to keep yourself in line is to make sure that your body as the driver is in the middle of road and your passenger should be on the edge of the road.

  • Stay Alert;

The driver must always stay alert and not let themselves get too tired. If you are jet lagged, tired after a long day or not prepared to drive, then take a break, take a rest or have someone else drive. Be safe and be smart, especially when in a different country.

  • Many New Zealand roads are windy, steep or narrow.

A variety of conditions make the roads in New Zealand a little tricky, even for those who live in the country and frequent the roads. This means that for tourists, visitors and those new to the area, these roads can be dangerous, hard to manoeuvre and require a lot of focus and attention as well as confidence.

  • Drive sober;

Make sure not to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol for your own safety, the safety of others in the car as well as the safety of others on the road. Be aware of your state and make sure to make a backup plan in the event that you have or may have had too much to drink

  • Have emergency numbers in your phone.

This is a good idea in case you break down in a rural area or you require immediate assistance.