Driving in New Zealand

International Driving Licenses & Permits:
You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver's license from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Recent law changes mean all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their license 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. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years.

Cycling & Motor Bikes:
Road rules for riding a bicycle or motorbike on New Zealand roads include:
Helmets for riders of cycles and motorbikes must be worn at all times.
Rear and front lights on cycles are required at night.
Motorbikes should drive with a headlight on at all times.
Cycling is not permitted on motorways.

Check out the New Zealand Land Transport Safety Authority Web site for details on the New Zealand Road Code, as well as cycle safety and other general motoring information. 'Driving Safely in the Scenic South' has particular information about driving conditions in this area.