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Driving in New Zealand

Information acquired on 18/10/2010

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker (recommended only).

International Motor Insurance Card (recommended only).

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party (recommended only).

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.08 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Dipped headlights compulsory (night and day) for two-wheeled vehicles all year round.

Drive on the left.


Warning triangle recommended.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket recommended.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On dual carriageways : 100 kph.

On motorways : 100 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

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The New Zealand Automobile Association (NZAA)

Level 17, AA Centre 99 Albert Street (P.O. Box 5)

1 - Auckland

New Zealand

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