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Driving around New Zealand is a great way
to see the country. Traffic is generally
light, the people are friendly and the scenery
is spectacular. Brush up on the main rules
of the road with our handy guide and youíll
be all set to enjoy a wonderful holiday.
rules, regulations and things to
on the left
overtake on the right.
Towns and cities is 50 km/h
(31 mph) - Open road dual carriageway
is 100 km/h
On most of New Zealand's main rural
roads, the speed limit is 100km/h
a sign says a lower speed applies.
The speed limit is generally 100km/h
Speeds and distances on road signs
appear in kilometres. Not miles.
more time than you think you need
to complete your journey. Although
distances may seem relatively small,
many roads can be unsealed, narrower
than what youíre used to and cover
Park on the
left, as well so that youíre
not facing the oncoming traffic
on the same side of the road.
You must come to a complete stop
at a STOP
sign. If cars are coming, you must
give way to them.
donít have to come to a complete
stop at a GIVE WAY sign if the coast
is clear. But you do have to slow
down, check for oncoming traffic
and prepare to stop before you proceed.
give way rules apply at intersections
when one vehicle will cross the
path of another, or where two vehicles
are waiting on STOP or GIVE WAY
signs or where there are no signs.
In these cases, if youíre turning,
you need to give way to all vehicles
that are going straight through
the intersection. In all other situations,
give way to vehicles that are going
straight or are coming from your
canít turn left on a red light.
the centre line on your side of
the road is yellow and unbroken,
you canít overtake. Itís illegal
(and usually dangerous) to do so.
horn unless youíre warning
other drivers of imminent danger.
must be worn by the driver and all
passengers at all times. And if
youíre travelling with a baby or
young child, make sure theyíre travelling
in an approved car or booster seat.
not use a hand-held mobile phone
when driving, unless the device
is completely hands-free or mounted
securely to the vehicle - and touched
infrequently and briefly. Writing,
reading or sending text messages
on a mobile phone while driving
is also illegal. Don't
risk using one as you can receive
a heavy fine and more
important cause a serious accident.
out for animals on the road.
Wildlife and farm animals are known
to cross roadways throughout the
country. If you see them, wait for
them to pass. And donít sound your
horn, as it may startle them.
can be harsh, particularly in mountain
areas. Your rental company will
usually be able to provide snow
chains with your vehicle. Do ask
for them if necessary and make sure
you know how to use them.
Travel Tips from
consists of two main islands appropriately
named the North Island and the South
Island. The climate in the North
is subtropical whereas in the South
it is temperate.
Both islands are mainly mountainous
yet offer a vast diversity of spectacularly
beautiful landscapes from deep alpine
lakes, dense subtropical forest,
sweeping coast-lines and endless
grassy plains. The North Island
is well known for its steamy volcanoes
and geysers and the South Island
for its fjords and glaciers.
is also a playground for adventurous
activities including bungy-jumping,
sky-diving, jet-boating, canyoning,
sport-fishing, skiing and surfing.
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driving tips- When
turning left at intersections give
way to traffic crossing or approaching
from your right.
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parallel park in the direction of
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