COVID-19 update

Traffic light settings are now in place for all of Aotearoa New Zealand. To find out what setting each region is at and what that means for your travel plans, go to the NZ government's COVID website 

Restrictions remain on international travel to and from New Zealand. If you do not ordinarily live in New Zealand, please contact your embassy or consulate if you need assistance. A list of foreign representatives to New Zealand can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website

Everyone in in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 and over can book their free COVID-19 vaccination now.


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Driving in New Zealand can be very different to driving at home.

We drive on the left-hand side of the road here, some of our roads are narrow, windy and have loose gravel… and it’s not unusual to see sheep or cattle on roads in rural areas. You need to give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and to understand New Zealand road rules and signs.

Even if you have driven in other countries, it’s important to understand our rules for driving in New Zealand before you get behind the wheel here. We’ve put together the key things to consider when planning your trip and as you make your journey around the country. We’ve also suggested some great New Zealand driving routes to help with your planning. Scroll down or click the icons below to learn more.

Planning your Trip

What you need

Planning a journey around New Zealand? Here are a few things you’ll need to know before your New Zealand driving holiday begins.

Watch the video to learn more.

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On Arrival

About Driving in New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand! We hope you’re looking forward to beginning your journey. Before you set off, be sure to stay a night in your arrival city to ensure you are well rested after your flight.

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On the Road

Summer driving

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

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Great Kiwi Road Trips

Plan your adventure and you'll be amazed where the road leads you. Follow our itineraries or plan your own. Whichever way you choose to go, we know you'll have a great time.

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Featured Itinerary

Forgotten World Highway

Built on colonial bridle paths formed in the late 19th century, Forgotten World Highway is remote and mysterious to the extreme.

Featured Itinerary

Mackenzie Region Day Trips

From beautiful turquoise lakes to towering mountains these are some of the top day trips you can take from Christchurch into the Mount Cook Mackenzie area.