New Zealand Road Rules and Safety for Tourists and Travellers
We want you to enjoy your time in New Zealand and stay safe on the roads. It’s important for you to understand the New Zealand Road Code before setting off to your destination in your rental car.
We advise that all of our overseas customers consult the DriveSafe website so as to ensure their safety and that of others on New Zealand’s roads.
To further assist every Ace vehicle is equipped with a copy of the What’s Different About Driving in New Zealand brochure for your reference during your hire.
Can I drive in New Zealand?
You must have your current and valid driver licence or driver permit with you at all times when you’re driving. If your overseas licence or driver permit is not in English, you must also carry an accurate English translation issued by:
- a translation service approved by the NZ Transport Agency (a list is available at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/licence/residents-visitors/translators.html), or
a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or
the authority that issued your overseas licence.
An International Driving Permit (issued in accordance with a United Nations Convention on Road Traffic) is acceptable as a translation
- DRIVE SAFE – The Premier website for tourist driving safety information. Available in multiple languages. http://www.drivesafe.org.nz/
- SAFER WINTER DRIVING – Winter Driving Safety (May/June – September/October) http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/safer-winter-driving/docs/safer-winter-driving.pdf
- WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT DRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND? (Multi-Language Brochure) – http://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/resources/whats-diff-driving-nz/docs/driving-in-nz.pdf