Traffic Rules New Zealand


In towns 50 km/h
On motorways 100 km/h
On highways 100 km/h
Right-hand driving/left-hand driving Left-hand traffic
Alcohol 80 mg/100 mL (until age 20: 30 mg/100 mL)
Seat belt mandatory yes
Child Safety Seat Required for children under 7, up to age 14 if present.
Mobile phone Only hands-free telephones may be used.
Right of Way Priority to the right; the “Give Way” sign means that you must yield.
Roundabout Cars in the roundabout have the right of way.
Specific parking regulations Yellow line at side of road: no parking


Driver´s license

A UK driving licence is valid.

Minimum age

The minimum and maximum age varies between car hire agencies and also between vehicle classes. The minimum age is normally between 21 and 25 and the driving license must be 1 to 2 years old. At some car hire agencies drivers below a fixed age limit must pay an additional fee.

Details are available in the hiring terms of the car hire agency. (In point 3 – Entering data and payment – under General Terms and Conditions)

Fuel Information

There are two options:

1. The tank is full when accepted and returned with a full tank. There is a charge for the petrol required to fill the tank.

2. The tank is full when accepted and paid for. The vehicle is then returned with an empty tank. Any remaining petrol will not be reimbursed.

You can find the applicable tanking option in the details of the results list. We have no influence over the tanking option.

This content is for informational purpose only and does not guarantee accuracy or completeness.