Lake Pukaki


Find travel perfection with your very own self-drive trip and Real New Zealand Tours


Congratulations on deciding to visit our beautiful country. Real New Zealand Tours are here to help you plan your trip of a lifetime. Self-drive trips are extremely popular with our clients and here are the reasons why -


  • We provide detailed itineraries, maps and GPS systems in your vehicle of choice
  • You enjoy the freedom, flexibility, independence and set your own pace for the day 
  • You spend quality time with your loved ones, family and friends, creating amazing memories along the way
  • You make huge personal savings when you do not hire a private driver, guide
  • Real New Zealand Tours offer freephone 24/7 support, we are always only a phone call away
  • Your sense of achievement when you look back at your trip adds so much value to your vacation


Driving in New Zealand

To drive in New Zealand, you must have a current and valid overseas driver licence or international driving permit. Please ensure all drivers bring these with them. 


Please remember these following facts about driving in New Zealand

  • We drive on the left-hand side of the road
  • It's easy to under estimate travelling times and distances, so please refer to your detailed itinerary which outlines these day to day for your convenience
  • Our roads are narrower, more winding and sometimes steeper than you might expect, please take your time
  • Our roads are mostly two-way, with one lane in each direction - we have few motorways
  • Not all railway crossings have active warnings, such as bells and barriers so take care
  • Seat belts are compulsory for everyone in the vehicle
  • It is illegal to use a phone, text while driving
  • Speed limit rural areas 100km/per hr. Cities, towns, urban areas usually 50km/per hr. 


Libby and I, as Directors and owners of Real New Zealand Tours, want you to have a great trip and arrive safely at your destination, so make sure you allow plenty of time and take regular breaks. The trip may be slower, but the scenery is truly amazing, world-famous! so please take your time and enjoy your journey.

  • Avoid fatigue

If you're tired you're much more likely to have a crash. Before driving, allow plenty of time to rest when you first arrive in New Zealand and then make sure you get plenty of rest before each drive. Ensure you allow enough time to drive safely between your destinations. If you find your attention wandering when driving, pull over to the roadside and have a rest - there are many beautiful ideal locations everywhere to do this.

  • Watch your speed - too fast or too slow

Excessive speed is one of the biggest killers on our roads. If there is a line of traffic behind you, find a safe place to pull over and let them go past, thank you.

  • Alcohol and drugs

Alcohol and drugs, including some drugs given to you by a doctor, can seriously affect your driving. They can slow your reaction times and affect your senses. You risk causing death and serious injury to yourself and other people if you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As in your own country, driving safely is the top priority. When you book a self drive trip with us we will send you a document covering all the additional factors we think you need to ensure you have the safest trip. When we build your itinerary we always take into account driving times and distances, and we would never suggest huge days which could put too much pressure on you. So trust our knowledge, expertise, 25 years' plus experience and skill to guarantee you and your loved ones a self drive trip of a life time.


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