Driving in New Zealand is easy and comfortable. The island country is not crowded with vehicles and you can easily plan your road trip by renting a car or a minivan for a fun adventure around New Zealand. The country has a great public transport system you can move around with buses and trains, although traveling with a car will allow you to get to the most special and remote places that the country has to offer. You should have no issues driving around New Zealand, although keep in mind –you will need to drive on the left side!
How is driving in New Zealand?
Same as Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom, India and the Australian neighbors New Zealanders drive on the left side. If you have chosen to rent a vehicle and travel around the island country you are allowed to use your overseas driver’s license for up to 12 months, our team recommends obtaining International Driver’s License which is a booklet that translates your national driver’s license into a wide range of languages so that you can rent vehicles and drive all over the world. This document is clear and easy to understand to most foreign-language speakers, it will be useful anywhere you go. Keep in mind that those who wish to rent a vehicle in New Zealand must hold a valid driver’s license as well as be at least 21 years old.
Traveling around New Zealand with a car is probably the best and most convenient way to see the country in all its beauty. The roads are well maintained and the views are spectacular everywhere you go. It is recommended to take at least 12 days in total to travel around both of the islands.
New Zealand driving laws
Once you have obtained your International Driver’s License and rented your vehicle it is time to drive! Remember that In New Zealand you must drive on the left-hand side. The driving rules in New Zealand are almost the same as anywhere in the world.
-Make sure to wear your seatbelt.
-Do not consume any alcoholic beverages before undertaking a trip.
-Stay alert and remember that you can contact NZ Roadside Assistance by calling – 0508697623 in the case of an emergency.
Keep your eyes on the road at all times, New Zealand’s scenery is stunning and one of a kind, but make sure you rest and pay attention to the road. Although New Zealand might seem small, it can take long hours to travel to your destination, especially if you are traveling outside of the city due to the unpredictable countryside roads and terrain which can be tricky at times.
We recommend purchasing a road map or a GPS to help to navigate your trip, most car rental companies will provide you one or the other. Map out your tour before departing as well as memorize the largest cities around.
International Driving License in New Zealand
An International Driver’s License (IDL) is a booklet that translates your national driver’s license into a wide range of languages so that you can rent a vehicle and drive around New Zealand. Your original driver’s license will be translated into the following widely used languages: English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Arabic. This document is clear and easy to understand to most foreign-language speakers, it will be useful during your trip to New Zealand.
We recommend obtaining the International Driving Permit which will help to avoid the language barrier. Ordering online takes only a couple of minutes after the order has been placed, IDL will be delivered to you in approximately 2-3 business days and you will be good to go!
International Driver’s License is valid in all countries that have signed the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic and is also accepted in various countries that did not sign the Convention. In order to rent a car in New Zealand, you will be required to hold the IDL.
This document allows the driver to operate a motor vehicle while abroad but only when accompanied by the valid official Driver’s License issued by the government.
The personal information included in the International Driver’s License will assist the foreign law enforcement officers; alongside it will help the driver to avoid unnecessary trouble for instance: penalties, fines or even arrest.