New Zealand Road Rules and Driving Conditions
New Zealand's roads are of a generally high standard and the main roads are all sealed. All roads, including those in rural locations, are signposted.
Remember to drive on the left!
Here are a few tips for safe driving on New Zealand road, for more information please see the Official New Zealand Road Code for Motorcyclists section of the New Zealand Transport Agency website.
Although New Zealand is a relatively small country it can take many hours to drive between cities and other destinations of interest. Even when distances are short, hilly or winding terrain or narrow secondary roads can slow your journey.
The speed limit is 100km/h on the open road, 70 km/h on outskirts of towns and 50km/h in urban areas. You will find multi-lane motorways and expressways on the approaches to the larger cities, with most roads being dual carriageways. Signposting follows standard international symbols and all distances are in kilometres (km). 98% of New Zealand roads are single lane roads in each direction.
- Helmets for riders of motorbikes must be worn at all times.
- Motorbikes should drive with a headlight on at all times.
- Keep Left.
- Drive on the left side of the road.
- Exceptions - One way streets.
Keep Left. REMEMBER to remain on the left hand side when returning to the road after parking or pulling over to a stop. Note in New Zealand you always have to park in the direction you are travelling, ie on the left hand side of the road.
Traffic from the direction of the RED Arrow Gives Way, however if you are travelling from the direction of the black arrow you should Proceed with Caution.
When the traffic light is red, you must stop. There is no left turn rule as in North America. The amber traffic light means stop unless you are so close to the intersection you can't stop safely.
If you are leaving the path of the center line, you must give way to vehicles following the center line. Vehicles leaving the path of the center line are said to be turning. Therefore the GIVE WAY rules apply.
For more information please refer to the New Zealand Road Code at www.nzta.govt.nz.