NZ Driving Rules

International visitors to New Zealand enjoy nothing more then hiring a rental car and driving around the country. Not only is this an affordable and fun way to see the country, it also means you can plan a trip that suits your interests, timeframe and budget.

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable self-drive Kiwi holiday, which is why we recommend you read the information we have put together below about driving in New Zealand along with some important advice for overseas visitors.

So, what's different about driving in New Zealand?

For a start, we drive on the left side of the road and we have a rather unique give way rule that applies at intersections. You also need to be aware that some of your trips may take longer then you planned, as some roads are narrow, hilly or winding. Other important things to remember include...

Keep Left! - Always drive on the left side of the road!