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Self Drive
A self driven itinerary is a wonderful option for travelers wanting more freedom and independence. As we are New Zealand based and know the country intimately, we make it easy for you to get the very best from your New Zealand rental car holiday and we also understand Indian Moods. Include is a selection of few self drive itineraries but can customize as per your requirement.
 
Scenic New Zealand Scenic New Zealand
Auckland / Rotorua / Christchurch / Mt Cook / Dunedin / Te Anau / Queenstown / Glaciers / Christchurch
11 Nights / 12 Days
 
Discover New Zealand Discover New Zealand
Auckland / Bay of Island / Rotorua / Queenstown / Mt Cook / Christchurch
12 Nights / 13 days
Alpine Delights Alpine Delights
Christchurch / Queenstown / Mt Cook
05 Nights / 06 Days
 
North 4 U North 4 U
Auckland / Rotorua / Taupo / Auckland
05 Nights / 06 Days
 
ON THE ROAD

Getting Between the Islands
The North and South Islands are separated by a body of water called the Cook Strait. There is no bridge, but there are several ferry services for passengers and cars. Book your ferry journeys well in advance. Sailings fill up quickly, particularly during New Zealand Public and School Holidays, and the timing of your Cook Strait crossing can have a major influence on your itinerary.

Travelling Times.
To check distances : http://www.artworks.net.nz/distance-calculator.

Deceptive Distances
The times provided in this guide allow for a driver travelling at 80 – 100km/h on open stretches, with traffic delays, petrol stops and refreshment breaks.

Distances are longer than they may appear on a map. You cannot, for instance, travel between Queenstown and Auckland in a day. Because roads are generally not multi-lane roadways, and may be winding or steep, driving in New Zealand also requires careful concentration. It is therefore important that you allow time for regular rest breaks along the way – a perfect excuse to stop and admire the astonishing scenery!

Highways and By-ways
Are you renting a car or campervan and driving in New Zealand? Roads in New Zealand may be very different from what you are used to. You can expect highways between main centres to be sealed, but they are not multi-lane roadways. Remember to keep left at all times and take care when overtaking.

Seat Belts
It is compulsory in New Zealand that the driver and all passengers wear their seatbelts. This is an important safety requirement.

More Information
For more detailed information, you can visit the New Zealand Government Land Transport Safety Authority website. Here you will find information specifically for visitors who intend to drive in New Zealand.

Getting Here
The easiest way to get to New Zealand from India is via South East Asia. Most commercial airlines operate flights from major Indian metros to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore (approx. 4 - 5 hrs) and then on to Auckland (approx. 10 hrs.)
 
DRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND

Get Behind the Wheel
New Zealand's tourist routes are of a generally high standard and the main roads are sealed. All roads, including those in rural locations, are signposted. Remember to drive on the left!

International Driving Licences and Permits
You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver's licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). After 12 months you are required to convert to a New Zealand licence. This applies to each visit to New Zealand.

In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years.

Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation with you or obtain an IDP. Contact your local automobile club for further details about obtaining a translation or an IDP.
A translation of your overseas licence or permit can be issued by:

the New Zealand Translation Service, or a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or the authority that issued your overseas licence (an international driving permit may be acceptable as a translation). It is important to note that if you are caught driving without an acceptable English translation or an IDP, you may be prosecuted for driving unlicensed or for driving without an appropriate licence and will be liable for an infringement fee of NZ$400 or up to NZ$1,000 on conviction in court.

The Police also have the power to forbid an unlicensed driver to drive until they have an appropriate licence. If you continue to drive after being forbidden, the vehicle you are driving will be impounded for 28 days, at the vehicle owner's expense. You may also risk not being covered by your insurance in the event of a crash.

Road Rules
New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. Drivers give way (or yield) to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right.

The speed limit is 100km/h on the open road 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).

Both drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt in both the front and back seats. All children under the age of five must be properly restrained by an approved child restraint when travelling in cars or vans.

Get plenty of sleep before a long drive. Take regular breaks - one every two hours and when you get sleepy. Road Safety

Self-driving holidays are one if the most relaxing ways of enjoying New Zealand's landscape. Many of our roads are scenic and traffic is low when compared to international standards.

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.

If you're used to driving in the city, you should take care when driving on the open country roads. New Zealand has a good motorway system but weather extremes, the terrain and narrow secondary roads and bridges require drivers to be very vigilant.

Never drive if you are feeling tired, particularly after you have just completed a long-haul flight.

The following, general information is provided for your road safety :

  • Always drive on the left-hand-side of the road and give way to your right.
  • All road distances are measured in kilometres.
  • When turning left, give way (yield) to traffic crossing or approaching from your right.
  • 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.
  • The speed limit on the open road is usually 100km/h (approx 60m/h). In urban areas the speed limit is 50km/h. Speed limits are strictly enforced by the police.
  • Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts or child restraints at all times, in both front and rear seats.
  • During long journeys take regular rest and refreshment breaks.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in New Zealand and strictly enforced by police, with severe penalties for offenders.
  • Refer to the Transit New Zealand website for country wide information on New Zealand roads. For up to date information on South Island roads you can also call toll free 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).
  • Do not drink alcohol before driving in New Zealand, drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced.
 
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