Driving in New Zealand - Test Yourself!What's different about driving in New Zealand? There are a few things that you need to know before heading off into the sunset on your New Zealand vacation.
Overall, driving around New Zealand is a breeze compared to many other countries. Generally our roads are well maintained, well signposted and lacking in frustrating tailbacks. However, there are a few things that you may not be used to when driving in New Zealand. For example, we drive on the left side of the road and using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal. If you exceed the speed limits you can default your rental car insurance.
So, it’s a good idea to take the time to familiarise yourself with the road rules before you arrive in New Zealand. Here is a quick on-line test you can do at home: http://www.drivingtests.co.nz/roadcode/tourist/
It is easy to underestimate travelling times in New Zealand. Distances may seem short on paper, but New Zealand roads may be narrower than you’re used to and go through hilly terrain.
If you are tired you are much more likely to have a crash. Here are some tips to help you stay alert.
Get plenty of rest before a long drive
Take a break from driving every 2 hours
If possible, share the driving with someone else
Avoid large meals and drink plenty of fluid
If you begin to feel sleepy, stop at a safe place and try to have a short sleep for up to 40 minutes.
Also, be very aware that there are hundreds of hidden speed cameras all over New Zealand so watch your speed!
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It was a great comprise for us both - me being very planned and liking everything preplanned, and Luke liking things a bit more spontaneous.
Our itinerary/self drive really allowed this to happen, and the scenery we saw during the 17 days was incredible!
Everywhere we stayed the people were lovely and always willing to offer suggestions on things to do and places to eat/drink.
Your suggestions of things to do were very helpful.
Our highlights were the day trip to Milford Sound from Te Anau, helicopter ride at Fox Glacier, dinner at the Sky Tower in Queenstown, Speights Brewery in Dunedin, Redwood Treewalk and Polynesian Spa in Rotorua.
It is also worth noting the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch - near the airport.
Our hotel in Auckland - Quality Inn Parnell had the most amazing view of the city.
We appreciate all the effort that you put in to make our time away relaxing and enjoyable.
We would highly recommend to others.
L & S, Australia - Nov 2017
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