Driving in another country can always be a little daunting, so it’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with what to expect when you plan your self drive holiday in New Zealand. After you’ve booked your camper van or car it’s time to think about what it’s going to be like behind the wheel. If you are yet to book your vehicle for New Zealand then you should consider these two options:
Rent Caravan New Zealand – Wilderness are quickly establishing themselves as one of the best camper van rentals companies in New Zealand, be sure to check them out!
Car Rental in Auckland – If you’re planning on taking a car to explore everything that New Zealand has to offer then take a look at Snap Car Rental before making any decision!
Right then, now it’s time to give you the all important tips! Some might seem obvious but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget even the simplest things after planning every other detail of your holiday.
1) Driver’s license
You obviously should bring your license with you, make sure it’s valid. You must take this with you whenever you get behind the wheel of your car or camper van. Another key thing to not is that if your license isn’t in english you will need to provide an official english translation or get an international driving permit before you drive in New Zealand.
2) Drive on the correct side of the road
New Zealanders drive on the left hand side of the road, this is easy if you’re doing from a country like the UK that follows the same rules! Remember to always giver way to those on the right hand side of you.
3) Always wear a seat belt
It is the law that all people in the vehicle must be wearing a seat belt. All passengers under the age of 8 years old must be in a baby seat or using a booster.
4) Check your speed
On an open road the speed limit is 60 mph (100km/h) whereas in Urban areas the limit is 30 mph (50 km/h). Always remember that the distances you see on signs are measured in kilometres and not miles!
5) Be careful of the road
You should always be wary of the condition of the road you are driving on. If you’re in a 2WD camper van or motorhome then you should only really be driving on sealed roads. During the winter months you should watch out for snow covered roads – if you are planning to drive during the winter months then ask the rental company for snow chains.
If you follow these simple tips then you will be off to a good start! Enjoy your self drive holiday!