IF YOU'RE USED TO DRIVING IN THE CITY, YOU SHOULD TAKE CARE WHEN DRIVING ON THE OPEN COUNTRY ROADS.
- In New Zealand, all motorists drive on the left-hand side of the road
- All road distances are measured in kilometres
- When the traffic light is red, you must stop. There is no left turn rule as in North America
- The speed limit on open roads is 100km/h (approx 60m/h). In urban areas the speed limit is 50km/h
- Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times, in both front and rear seats
- Make sure that you have plenty of sleep before a long drive. Take regular breaks - one every two hours and when you feel sleepy
- Do not drink alcohol before driving in New Zealand - drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced
CYCLING AND MOTORBIKES
- Helmets for riders of cycles and motorbikes must be worn at all times
- Rear and front lights on cycles are required at night
- Motorbikes should drive with a headlight on at all times
- Cycling is not permitted on motorways
Check out the New Zealand Land Transport Safety Authority website for details on the New Zealand Road Code, as well as cycle safety and other general motoring information. Driving Safely in the Scenic South has particular information about driving conditions in this area.