What sort of driving licence do I need to drive in New Zealand?

You can drive in New Zealand if you have a current and valid overseas licence or driver permit written in English, or accompanied by an accurate translation.

UK residents - with the UK phasing out the 2 Part Paper licence and moving to a plastic card licence please note the following:

  • If you only need the plastic card to drive in the UK, then that's all you need in NZ too i.e. you don’t need to bring your paper licence.
  • If your license stipulates that you need both, then you will indeed need to bring both.
  • If you only have paper license (i.e. no card), then the rental car companies in NZ will accept your paper licence

 

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Planning your New Zealand Road Trip

Planning your New Zealand Road trip or Holiday is easy. We have over 100 ideas on our website to inspire you and to give you some great starting ideas. You can even get an indicative cost immediately. However our speciality is creating tailor-made itineraries because we know that everyone is different. And it doesn't cost any more to have the perfect Road trip designed just for you.
To get started just get in touch with one of the team based in Wanaka, right in the heart of the South Island. They will chat with you about what you like to do, the kind of places you like to stay in and the experience you want to have. They can then design a package for you to review. Working with you to fine tune you then book with us when you are 100% satisfied. A custom made APP accompanies you as you travel and we also have 24 hour support should you need it. So what are you waiting for? Get Road tripping!

About NZ Road Trip

Since 2004 we have been creating great New Zealand experiences for visitors from all over the world. Based in Wanaka, right in the heart of the South Island, our team have lots of great first hand experience. and when the experience matters - experience matters!
Through a consultation with you we get to understand what you want to experience in a visit to New Zealand and we work hard to make that happen. We pride ourselves on providing dedicated and uncompromising service. Meet the team here and start planning your NZ Road Trip & Holiday.

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North Island

New Zealand's North Island is incredibly diverse. Cities buzzing with life, deserted beaches, rainforests, volcanic plateaus and tons of great activities to enjoy. From the cafe quarters of Auckland city to the rugged coast line of the Wairarapa region, the North Island is a great place to explore.
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South Island

Home to much of New Zealand's iconic scenery from the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park to the rugged West Coast and its glaciers to the majestic Southern Alps and the world heritage area of Fiordland National Park
See all South Island NZ Road trips here.