region is one of the last true wild trout fisheries left in
the world. It's now over 100 years since the first trout were
released here. Today anglers flock from around the world to
fish for "rainbows" and "browns".
include 4x4 motorbiking, horse trekking, aerobatics in a biplane,
white water rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing, waterskiing,
parasailing, mountain biking forest trails, rock climbing or
GUIDE - TAUPO NEW ZEALAND
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information guide for visitors to Lake Taupo NewZealand,
the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. There are
six golf courses in Taupo. Activities include tandem
sky diving, bungy jumping, jet boating and a visit to
Huka Falls. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at a boutique lodge
where film stars and royalty have stayed, trek across
a World Heritage national park, catch a rainbow trout
in a mountain fed stream, snow board down a live volcano.
At the southern end of the Lake is one of the world's
most spectacular parks - Tongariro National Park. The
Tongariro Crossing is now recognised as New Zealand's
best one-day hike. Anglers flock from around the world
to fish for "rainbows" and "browns". Taupo has six golf
courses including the Wairakei International Golf Course.
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
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holidays are one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy New
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 left!
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 .http://www.ltsa.govt.nz/
* 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 intersection.
* The maximum speed on any open road is 100km/h. The maximum
speed in urban areas is 50km/h. Adjust your speed as conditions
* 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
* You must always wear a safety belt, both in the front
and back seats - it's the law.
* Do not drink and drive in New Zealand - drinking and
driving laws are strictly enforced.
* 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
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 rule':
* 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
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
* at multi-lane roundabouts, you need to approach and
enter the roundabout in the correct lane for where you
intend to exit.
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 conditions
. * 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 obstructed.
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 exceeded.
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.
Online touring guide to New Zealand. The AA
provides extensive information on their web
site for New Zealand travel information.
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