Tips for Driving in New Zealand

Tips for Driving in New Zealand

Written by Kimberly

New Zealand is known for its beautiful scenery, as well as breathtaking landscape. And, there are some incredible drives too. But, before you begin your big New Zealand journey, there are some need to know details. To keep you safe on the roads, read our tips to plan ahead and understand New Zealand driving rules. Especially when you hire a campervan.

Plan Your Routes and Stops

It’s always smart to have an idea of the places you want to go. One of the most popular ways to get from destination to destination in New Zealand is by hiring a campervan. There are over 100 camper sizes and shapes and they range in cost starting as low as $50/day.

Understand the Landscape

Depending on where you are travelling from, driving in New Zealand may be on the opposite side of the road. Driving on the left side, and understanding the conversion between kilometres vs miles can be confusing. There are three things that remain constant. Make sure you have a valid driver’s license, always wear your seatbelt, and never drive under the influence. These three rules seem pretty straight forward. But if you really want to play it safe, consider a licensed and local professional driver. They could also double as your personal tour guide.

Roadsharing And Beyond

No, this isn’t a buzz lightyear plug. However, when it comes to New Zealand roads, there are a few additional things to watch for while travelling. New Zealand roads are known to be narrow, windy, single lane roads. Driving on the left side could be a bit of a change if you aren’t used to it too. Passing traffic can be next to impossible, as visibility is limited due to the nature of the roads and landscape. A significant portion of, and some of the most sought after spots, aren’t even accessible from paved roads, only gravel.

Gravel travels may not seem to be a big deal, but it will definitely add time to your travel since it’s important to drive at a much slower speed. Other considerations include the potential for limited visibility, gravel kicking up from the driver ahead and cracking your windshield, not to mention all the dust you will be breathing in, which could trigger those with allergies or asthma. Being prepared will only help you as you reach each of your destinations.