At Touchdown, your safety is our priority. To ensure that you have a safe and relaxed journey with us we would encourage you to read the following
Always drive on the left side of the road. If you drive on the right side of the road in your own country, please remember to keep left when pulling out onto the road- it's easy to forget where you are!
By Law Everyone in the vehicle must wear a safety belt or child restraint - whether they're in front or back. Children under seven years of age must be secured in an approved child restraint. Children aged seven must be secured in an approved child restraint if such a restraint is available.
Most roads in New Zealand have a single lane each way, and some provide passing lanes at regular intervals - these should be used where possible when overtaking. You must not cross a solid yellow line on your side of the centre line to pass a vehicle, as this indicates it's too dangerous to overtake.
On most of New Zealand's main rural roads, the speedlimit is 100km/h unless a sign says lower speed applies. The speed limit is generally 100km/h on motorways.
It is illegal to use cell phones while driving. Vehicles must be parked in a safe area for cell phone to be used.
Always use your indicatiors when turning. Stop completely then give way to all traffic. Slow down and be ready to stop. At an intersection where one vehicle will cross the path of another, and both are waiting on stop or give way signs (or where there are no signs) special give way rules apply.
For more information we encourage you to go through the booklet linked below, before heading out.
We would also encourage you to be aware of the safe driving practices and road codes of driving in New Zealand. This information can be found over at our friends from NZ Transport Agency
New Zealand Road atlas are available at Touchdown, if you let one of our friendly staff know, they will be more than happy to provide you with a copy. We alo have AA travel guides available to help you plan your journey. To find out the time taken to drive between your destinations click here. This physical map of New Zealand will ensure you are on track with your holiday.
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