Resources & Links
Looking for more information and advice on driving in New Zealand, planning New Zealand driving times, or understanding New Zealand road rules? Use these resources and links to help you plan and enjoy your New Zealand driving holidays.
Staying safe on our roads
New Zealand Police is committed to keeping our roads safe. We want you to enjoy your visit and to feel safe and be safe. Find out more about our driving rules, get advice on how to stay safe in your vehicle, what to do if you break down, and tips on preventing vehicle theft.
What’s Different About Driving in New Zealand?
There are a few things you might not be used to when driving in New Zealand. The Driving in New Zealand guide offers a useful overview, and is available for download in English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Samoan, Tongan, Arabic, Thai, and other languages.
Avoid Driver Fatigue: Take Regular Breaks
Many fatal car crashes are caused when people drive while tired. It’s important to take regular rest stops while driving around New Zealand. Read more about Tips to Avoid Driver Fatigue, such as recognising the warning signs, and getting a good night’s sleep before driving.
Real-Time Highway Conditions
Stay-up-to-date on the Latest Highway Conditions, and find advanced warning on any delays, disruptions or detours along your planned route. Sign up to receive free, real-time state highway travel alerts via email.
About New Zealand Speed Limits
Excessive speed is one of the greatest dangers on New Zealand roads. Learn more about New Zealand Speed Limits, safe speed guidelines, compulsory speed signs, variable speed limits, and additional road safety signs.
Driving in Bad Weather
Driving conditions can be more dangerous in rainy, icy and foggy conditions. Read tips on Driving in Bad Weather, including information on visibility, reducing your speed, and when to use fog lights.
Safer Winter Driving
Planning a ski trip, or a holiday in New Zealand during our winter (June to August)? Read more about Safer Winter Driving, with tips on assessing the conditions, driving to the conditions, and staying safe on the roads.
Information for Chinese Visitors
China Toolkit offers a number of Driving in New Zealand Resources for Chinese Visitors, including a Driving Theory Quiz and a driving in New Zealand video in Chinese and English languages.
New Zealand Driving Test
Test your New Zealand driving skills using this Visiting Driver Training Programme developed by AA. It has been designed for international visitors who want to be sure they understand the road rules and the typical road conditions they will experience in New Zealand. The state of the art interactive video presents 15 different situations to assess your knowledge and understanding of driving in New Zealand. Don't worry if you get it wrong, you can try again until you reach the correct answer.
Rental Vehicle Operator Code of Practice
New Zealand rental vehicle companies are being encouraged to sign up to a Code of Practice aimed at improving the safety of both visiting drivers and New Zealand road users. Find out which companies have committed to the Code.
How long will it take?
New Zealand is a small country, but driving times can often take longer than expected due to our winding roads. We recommend you use this Driving Time and Distance Calculator to get an accurate idea of New Zealand driving times while planning your trip, allowing additional time for rest stops.
There are a range of apps available, providing useful and up-to-date information on road warnings and closures, fuel stations and rest stops, and general travel tips and information.
- CamperMate is a free New Zealand travel app and available for download from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Get information and directions to campsites, hostels, things to do, public bathrooms, rubbish bins, free WiFi, supermarkets and more.
- Camping NZ App is free and available for download from Google Play and the Apple App Store. It offers information on camping sites, costs, stay rules, if bookings are required, as well as offline maps.
- TravelSafeNZ is free and available for download from Google Play. It offers useful tips and information on local driving conditions, and where to get help if required.