See our New Zealand self drive touring itineraries. Created to showcase the best of the country, using self catering apartment accommodation along the way.
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North Island itineraries:
South Island itineraries
NZ wide itineraries
Some handy tips for driving in New Zealand.
- You will need a valid drivers Licence from your country of origin. Check it is current before you leave home!
- If you arrive off a long haul flight, please rest up the next day before you drive, so your'e not so tired.
- In New Zealand we drive on the left hand side of the road. The same as Australia & United Kingdom.
- Speed limit is 100 km on the open road, 50 km in built up areas of towns and cities. Stick to these limits as there are plenty of speed cameras and police checking on you.
- Seat belts are complusory, you will be fined if caught without one on. Children must be restrained in appropiate child seats.
- Main highways are all quality single lane, two way roads.
- Highways North of Auckland can be narrow and winding, leave plenty of time.
- Motorways of 2 or 3 lanes are only in major cities.
- In international terms NZ roads are excellent, but can be narrow and winding.
- Theres a lot of coastline in NZ and lots of winding coastal roads. Beware of motion sickness.
- Travelling with children? Schedule plenty of stops. There are good rest areas and lots of rivers or coastal spots to stretch your legs.
- New Zealand petrol/gas stations (Service Stations) all sell unleaded and deisel. Check carefully before you leave your destination as in some locations they can be few and far between. (eg. West Coast of South Island.)
- Service Stations also sell lots of extras like takeaway food, basic groceries and household supplies.
- When travelling between your apartment accommodation destinations please let the property you are staying with or us know your arrival time, especially if you are going to be late.
- Parking in cities is available in parking buildings or street parking on meters. Meters require money in the form of coins, Buildings require cash or coin.