Safe & enjoyable journeys driving in New Zealand

Rolling landscapes, snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and bustling cities. New Zealand is a beautiful and accessible country to explore by car, campervan or motorhome, and New Zealand driving holidays are popular with people from all across the globe.

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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

New Zealand Road Rules

About to set off on your New Zealand driving adventure? You must understand New Zealand’s road rules, signs and driving laws and before you set off.

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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

Auckland to the Coromandel

From busy, cosmopolitan Auckland to the beautiful Coromandel peninsula, discover some of the best beaches and landmarks the North Island has to offer..

Featured Itinerary

Christchurch to Queenstown

The drive south through Coastal Otago to the deep South of New Zealand passes through a wild landscape of coastal hills and farmland..