ZEALAND TRAVEL AND TOURISM INFORMATION
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Travel to New Zealand.
New Zealand travel begins
here. Welcome to the official
site of Kiwi Tourism New Zealand
- the best place to plan your
New Zealand travel. Discover
new places and ways to travel
in New Zealand plus find New
Zealand maps, accommodation,
great deals on New Zealand
travel and more.
Zealand Distance Calculator
a trip around New Zealand?
The Distance Calculator is
a map of New Zealand on which
you can 'click and drag' from
one town or city to another.
You can easily find driving
distances within New Zealand.
holidays are one of the most relaxing
ways to enjoy New Zealand's landscape.
Travelling between towns and cities
allows you to thoroughly explore NZ's
scenic rural areas, and gives you the
flexibility to stop at small country
cafes, wineries and other points of
interest, or simply pause to admire
a view.New Zealand's
tourist routes are high standard and
the main roads are sealed. All roads,
including those in rural lcations, are
signposted. Remember to drive on the
You can legally drive in New Zealand
for up to 12 months if you have either
a current driver's licence from your
home country or an International Driving
Permit (IDP). After 12 months you are
required to convert to a New Zealand
licence. This applies to each visit
to New Zealand. In
New Zealand all drivers, including visitors
from other countries, must carry their
licence or permit at all times when
driving. You will only be able to drive
the same types of vehicles you are licensed
to drive in your home country.
Road Rules and Safety
Driving in New Zealand is not difficult,
we have some tips here to make it even
easier so there are no surprises for
you. You can also visit the Land Transport
NZ for more details
* Driving is always on the left-hand
side of the road.
* Remember the 'give way to the right'
rule. This includes giving way to right-turning
traffic if you are turning left at an
* The maximum speed on any open road
is 100km/h. The maximum speed in urban
areas is 50km/h. Adjust your speed as
* Don't underestimate driving times.
Although distances may seem short, New
Zealand roads often include hilly, narrow
or winding terrain, which slow down
your journey. If you're used to driving
in the city, take care when driving
on the open country roads, and watch
out for single-lane bridges.
* You must always wear a safety belt,
both in the front and back seats - it's
* Do not drink and drive in New Zealand
- drinking and driving laws are strictly
* Most open roads are single lane each
way, except for motorways coming into
larger cities (Auckland, Wellington
* In winter some roads may be treacherous
due to ice or snow, particularly around
mountain passes. Look out for signs
indicating slippery surfaces in winter
and drive slowly - do not brake suddenly
on ice. In some cases chains may be
required. Make sure you're familiar
with how to fit them.
Fuel in NZ
The majority of New Zealand cars run
on petrol, while most four-wheel drive
vehicles and campervans use diesel.
Petrol (gas) cost about two-thirds of
the price in Europe. It's dispensed
by litre and available in regular unleaded
and premium unleaded. Diesel is cheaper
than petrol and is easily to be obtained.
You can get fuel from service stations
where you can also find small shops
with basic grocery and magazines avaiable.
Driving to the Conditions
Many New Zealand roads are narrow, winding
or hilly which reduces your ability
to see what is coming up ahead. Some
are unsealed and dusty, particularly
in rural areas, where you may see farm
animals being moved along rural roads.The
weather in winter can make the roads
slippery and icy and can also make it
difficult to see oncoming traffic. In
New Zealand it is not uncommon for the
weather to be unpredictable, even in
summer. Adjust your driving to the conditions
you are experiencing, including reducing
your speed - it is much better to slow
down than take risks with speed.
Follow other vehicles at a safe distance.
A useful guide is the 'three-second
* Watch the vehicle in front of you
pass something like a sign, a tree or
a power pole
* See if you can count 'one thousand
and one, one thousand and two before
you pass the same object. If you cannot,
Be careful at roundabouts - in New Zealand
they may be different from roundabouts
in your home country. At a New Zealand
roundabout, you must: * before you reach
the roundabout, look for signs and road
markings (such as arrows) that guide
you to the correct lane
* before entering a roundabout, signal:
left - if you intend to leave the roundabout
by the first exit
right - if you intend to leave the roundabout
more than half way round
* let all vehicles that are crossing
your path from your right go first;
only join the roundabout when the way
is clear for you
* if you're going straight ahead, don't
signal on entry - signal as you pass
the exit before the one you intend taking
* at multi-lane roundabouts, you need
to approach and enter the roundabout
in the correct lane for where you intend
Signs Along Roads
Most of the signs you will see on New
Zealand roads are international symbolic
signs. New Zealand's signs are generally
made of reflective material, making
them easier to read at night.Regulatory
signs - those that must be obeyed by
law - These signs have a Red border
or background. Red on a road sign indicates
there is a road rule that will be broken
(and fine) if the sign is disobeyed.
* STOP signs require a vehicle be stopped
at an intersection and not proceed until
the way is clear. Stopping is mandatory,
no matter what time of day or the traffic
* GIVE WAY signs require a vehicle to
give way or yield right of way to other
vehicles (except those controlled by
a Stop sign.) Stopping is not mandatory,
but wise, as these signs are often erected
at busy intersections where vision is
At intersections that do not have GIVE
WAY or STOP signs or traffic lights,
if you're turning, give way to all vehicles
that are not turning and in all other
situations, give way to vehicles crossing
or coming from your right.
Warning signs - which should be obeyed
for safety reasons - These signs have
Black borders and symbols with a yellow
(permanent) or orange (temporary) background.
Information signs - which give information
- These normally have White borders
and symbols or text with either a blue,
green or brown background. This includes
many parking signs, and fines may be
imposed by the local council - rather
than Police - if parking limits are
Rectangular blue signs with a white
border that read Pxx (where xx is a
number) indicate the maximum amount
of time that a vehicle may remain parked
in that area
Parking is available in downtown areas,
in metered parks, parking buildings
and shopping mall car park. Councils
administer parking, and wardens issue
fines to vehicles that parked illegally
or that have expired meters.Most cities
have clearway zones and during certain
times vehicles parked in these areas
my be towed away. If this occurs, call
the local traffic authority or police
to find out where your car has been
impounded. Retrieving the car involves
paying an on-the-spot fine.
to New Zealand. New Zealand travel begins
here. Welcome to the official site of
Kiwi Tourism New Zealand - the best
place to plan your New Zealand travel.
Discover new places and ways to travel
in New Zealand plus find New Zealand
maps, accommodation, great deals on
New Zealand travel and more.
Online touring guide to New
The AA provides extensive
information on their web site
for New Zealand travel information.
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