Why carry an IDP while driving in New Zealand?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. New Zealand highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in New Zealand
Have a journey to the Middle of the Earth. Connect to nature and explore New Zealand. The best way to discover New Zealand is by driving your own car! Be sure to check some of the important driving rules in New Zealand.
- Drive on the left hand side of the road.
- Minimum age to drive and rent a car is 21 years old.
- Seat belts are a must for ALL passengers.
- Hands-free is a must. Keep your phone away unless it is hands-free. You will be fined for using your phone!
- Drink moderately if driving. The permitted alcohol level limit is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood.
- Speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas and 100 km/h outside urban areas and on highways.
- You can turn left even on red lights. Cars behind you will honk if you did not.
- Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts or child restraints at all times, in both front and rear seats.
- It is illegal to pass other cars where there is yellow line instead of a white line marking the middle of the road. The yellow line indicates that it’s too dangerous to overtake.
- The default open road speed limit is 100kph and the default urban limit is 50kph.
- The speed limit past a school bus that has stopped to drop off or pick up children is 20kph.
- While road speed limit signs are denoted by a red circle, advisory speed limit signs are black numbers on a yellow background. These indicate the advised maximum speed in dry weather for a corner.
Driving in New Zealand in the Winter
Winter in New Zealand may be the best time to visit. Unlike other countries, New Zealand winter is not as harsh. Just adjust your driving techniques and you will be fine. Using winter tires will also help. Have a safe travel. Your own quest begins!
How to get your IDP
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