New Zealand Driving Safety Rules Licence

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 when renting one of our rental cars. It’s important for you to understand the New Zealand Road Code before setting off to your destination in your rental car.


Driving Safety logo dsWe 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 rental car 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, 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

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New Zealand Raod Signs

Compulsory signs tell you what you must or must not do.

They are usually red or blue and some have red borders.

New Zealand Compulsory Signs New Zealand Compulsory Signs Borders

Warning signs alert you to a particular hazard on the road ahead. They warn you to be careful for your own safety, the safety of other road users or the safety of road workers carrying out maintenance.

There are two types of warning signs:

  1. those that warn you of a permanent hazard
  2. those that warn you of a temporary hazard.

Both types of sign are usually diamond shaped. 

Permanent warning signs are yellow and black and temporary warning signs are orange and black.

New Zealand Warning Signs New Zealand Temp Warning Signs

Information signs give you useful information, for example, the distance to the next town. They are all rectangular, but come in a range of different colours and sizes.

New Zealand Info Signs

You can read more about signs and road rules on the New Zealand Transport Agency website