Our Tips For Driving on New Zealand Roads.
Driving in New Zealand can be a very different experience for some drivers. For example we drive on the left hand side of the road. We want you to have a safe and enjoyable stay so have made up these easy to remember but very important tips for driving in New Zealand.
- We drive on the left hand side of the road. If you would normally drive on the right hand side, take a moment before you pull onto the road to familiarise yourself with this rule.
- By law every person in the car must wear a seat belt. Children must be secured in an approved child seat. (Don’t worry we have these if you didn’t bring yours).
No Mobile phones
- It is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving. This includes texting. If you need to make a call, pull over at a safe spot or rest area before answering, or using your phone.
- Speed limit signs show the maximum speed you can travel. However, at times you may need to drive at a slower speed due to road or weather conditions. Different speed limits apply throughout New Zealand – look out for the speed limit signs. On most of New Zealand’s main roads the speed limit is 100 km/h, unless a sign says a lower speed applies. In urban areas, the speed limit is usually 50 km/h unless a sign says otherwise.
Don’t Drink and Drive
- Do not drink and drive. It is a crime in New Zealand to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is strictly enforced by Police with severe penalties for offenders.
Drive to the conditions
- Drive to the conditions. You will have to adjust your speed if it is raining, icy, snowing, windy or you’re in a road works area. Stay well rested and only plan to drive for 1-2 hours before taking a break in one of our many rest stops.
Here is a quick but very information video about driving in NZ
As seen in the video campermate is available as a free download. I would recommend downloading this as an app to ensure you are getting the most out of your local area.