Driving in New Zealand
As a traveller, you can drive on New Zealand roads if you meet the following criteria:
- You must have a current and valid overseas licence or international driver permit (IDP), and
- You haven’t been given a disqualification or suspension in New Zealand, and
- You came into New Zealand less than 12 months ago, and
- Your overseas licence is in English, or you have an accurate translation, and
- You haven’t been granted a New Zealand driver licence since you last entered New Zealand.
If you don't meet all of these requirements, you must apply for a New Zealand driver licence to drive in New Zealand. Can you find more information to do so if you follow this link. When driving in NZ, you will have to carry your licence or permit at all times when driving. Car rental is available for people aged 21 years and older.
A few important road rules which will help you drive around NZ safely:
- Make sure to drive on the left-hand-side of the road
- Don’t exceed legal speed limits. Any open road max 100 km/h, urban areas max 50 km/h
- Drive to road conditions; NZ roads can be very hilly, narrow or windy terrain. Take care driving on open country roads and take extra care at single lane bridges
- Drive slowly around mountain passes in winter, roads can be icy and slippery
You can find more information on driving in New Zealand on this website dedicated to NZ tourism!