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Rental Cars
There are a large range of Rental Car companies from AVIS, BUDGET and HERTZ to local operators in all major towns. All International companies have depots at the Airports and smaller local firms can pick you up from the Airport. Rental Cars can also be delivered to your Accommodation or collected from their downtown offices. A variety of COACH companies provide a national network on a daily basis, most with regular departures every day, passes can be purchased for different lengths of stay and journeys can be broken as you wish.

CAMPERVANS are extremely popular, these are available in 2, 4 and 6 berth and are available at key cities around New Zealand but must be booked in advance in the peak summer months.

Air
Air NEW ZEALAND and QANTAS fly all the major domestic routes with Regional Airlines covering the smaller centres.

Rail
Operated by TRANZRAIL which provides morning and evening services on the main trunk line between Auckland and Wellington in the North Island and Picton and Christchurch in the South Island. You may leave the train at any station you wish and there are several branch lines available as well as the very popular East to West coast TRANZ SCENIC daily Rail journey from Christchurch to Hokitika in the South Island.

Taxis
Taxi fares range from around $1.40 to $1.80 per km, plus a pickup fee of $2. For example the cost to get a taxi from Auckland International Airport to the central city is about NZ$35.

Inter-island Ferry
Train and car carrying Roll-on, Roll- off and large Catamaran (twin hull) ferries transport you across Cook Strait (separates the North and South Islands) in approximately 3 hours.

Distances around NZ

North Island distances
e.g. Hamilton to Rotorua = 107km

Auckland

504

127

369

369

241

528

234

206

454

660

Gisborne

394

216

599

745

394

287

298

468

550

Hamilton

296

242

368

401

107

110

327

533

Napier

412

664

178

225

311

252

334

New Plymouth

610

234

312

398

160

355

Kerikeri

769

475

447

695

901

Palmerston North

331

417

74

145

Rotorua

86

305

462

Tauranga

391

548

Wanganui

195

Wellington

South Island distances
e.g. Dunedin to Queenstown = 283km

Blenheim

312

674

891

116

559

798

475

736

Christchurch

362

579

428

247

486

163

424

Dunedin

217

790

115

283

199

276

Invercargill

1007

332

187

416

278

Nelson

675

873

591

756

Oamaru

316

84

231

Queenstown

335

117

Timaru

273

Wanaka

Drivers License
A valid, full, New Zealand, International, or Country of Origin driving licence is required to drive in New Zealand.

If you are intending to drive in New Zealand you must have held a non-probationary licence in their country of residence for a minimum of three years. You will only be able to drive those types of vehicles for which you were licenced in your country of origin.

If you hold a valid overseas driver licence with your photo on it, you can use this licence for up to one year, without having to get an international driving licence.

If you do not have a photo on your overseas driver licences, you will need to obtain an international driver licence. You should obtain this before you leave your own country.

If you are going to be driving in New Zealand for longer than one year, you must upgrade to a full New Zealand driver licence. After you have been in New Zealand for one year, your overseas driver licences will no longer be valid for driving in New Zealand.

Road Rules
Rental car and motorhome companies will provide a list of the more important rules, and the ones that maybe unique to New Zealand. The open road speed limit is 100 km/h and 50 km/h in built up areas.

In New Zealand, cars drive on the left side of the road. Generally most international road rules are followed, however;

Note: Cars turning left MUST give way to traffic turning right (i.e.: all other traffic). They do not have automatic right of way.
Example: Car B has the right of way where Car A is turning left.

One Way bridges require particular care, and have specific signage at both approaches to the bridge, indicating who has right of way. The circular Please Give Way sign with the large black arrow for approaching traffic shows you must give way.

Both drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times.

Driving in NZ
www.ltsa.govt.nz

NZ Automobile Association
www.aa.co.nz

 
 
 
 

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