Keeping safe on the Road

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way when you turn right.
  • Always rest before starting a road trip, especially after a long flight to New Zealand.
  • You are required by law to carry your driver licence when you’re driving.
  • Keep within posted speed limits – they are rigorously enforced by Police. Fixed and mobile speed cameras operate throughout New Zealand.
  • All drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt. Children under seven must be buckled into approved child restraints.
  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, except to make an emergency 111 call.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. Penalties are severe and your vehicle could be impounded.
  • There is a zero alcohol limit for drivers under 20. That means if you drive after even one drink you can be charged with drink driving.
  • If driving slowly, pull over where it’s safe and let faster traffic pass.

Care for New Zealand

The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.

New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it.

By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.