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Wednesday 01 July, 2015

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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We had a wonderful trip. We thank you so much for all of your planning. The distances to travel were all very reasonable and enjoyable. We had wonderful weather with our only rain a slight drizzle the 1st afternoon in Christchurch and also a bit of drizzle in Rotorua. Nothing either place that slowed us down or diminished our planned hikes or activities. We are giving you all of the credit for arranging the beautiful weather in Milford Sound, Franz Josef, and Mt Cook Village. We know the weather in those locations can be very rainy and we had such beautiful days. Very fortunate! All of the accommodations and folks that we dealt with were so nice. Very good choices for accommodations. The rental car was excellent and the GPS was invaluable.
New Zealand is such a beautiful country with such a diverse landscape. The hike in Abel Tazman was a highlight for me. Very beautiful. Also the time at Lake Manapouri and Te Anau both were so nice. The Queenstown time was wonderful with a beautiful drive up to Paradise along the lake as well as a wonderful meal and time atop the gondola. And of course Keiteriteri with its hikes and boat shuttle were so special. Your recommended stops at Pancake rocks and the Moreaki boulders were very interesting. The time in Rotorua was a special surprise with the village tour and meal a real highlight for us.
Thank you again for a wonderful trip and experience in your beautiful country. We hope to come back so if you ever want to e-mail us NZ travel information feel free to do so.
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