Transport and Driving
Driving in New Zealand
If you hold a current and valid overseas driver’s licence or an international driving permit, you can drive in New Zealand for a maximum of 12 months from the date you arrive in New Zealand. After this you will need to apply for a New Zealand driver’s licence and you can find all the information here on how to get your NZ drivers licence. You must carry your licence or permit with you at all times when driving.
The New Zealand Road Code
When you arrive in New Zealand, you will need to familiarise yourself with the New Zealand Road Code, which explains safe driving laws and practices. You can buy a copy of the Road Code from book stores or find all the information on the AA website.
Wearing a Seat Belt and Cycle Helmet
If you're in a car, the driver and passengers in both the front and back seats, must wear a seatbelt. If you're on a bike, you must wear a cycle helmet as well or a motorbike, a helmet. There are instant fines for not abiding by these rules.
There are a number of cheap car rental companies on Beach Road, near Auckland City's waterfront, or at Auckland International Airport. You can hire a car for under $100 for a long weekend, which may be easier and cheaper than purchasing one. Most car rental companies will require that you are over 20 years old and that you have a current acceptable overseas, New Zealand or International licence.
Public Transport - Buses and Trains
Auckland has an excellent public transport system including buses and trains. On average a bus from the Mt Albert campus to Auckland CBD is NZ$4. For information on bus or train timetables visit the Maxx website.
Last edited: 17 August 2013