On the Road

About to set off on your New Zealand driving adventure? Follow these tips on winter driving in New Zealand.

  1. Always check the weather forecast and road conditions before you leave.

  2. Think about where you're going and what route you should take - choose safety over convenience.

  3. Be prepared for snow and carry tyre chains that you know how to fit and use.

  4. Drive slower than you normally would. It only takes a split second to lose control in winter conditions.

  5. Drive at a safe travelling distance as it takes longer to stop on slippery roads. Avoid sudden braking or turning that could cause you to skid.

Find more information on New Zealand road rules and NZ road signs in the New Zealand Road Code.

Etiquette Tip

  • If you’re driving a campervan or motorhome during your New Zealand driving holiday and you have traffic backed up behind you, pull over as soon as you can safely do so to let other vehicles pass.

Safety Tips

  • 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. Check out our suggested itineraries and New Zealand driving routes for journey inspiration.
  • 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.