Heading to New Zealand and looking forward to getting out on the open road? There's nowhere better for it. But before you set off in your rental car, make sure you know what you're doing on New Zealand's roads.

Renting a car whilst on holiday can be a great experience, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. And there are few places on earth more perfect than New Zealand for taking to the road and discovering spectacular and secluded sights. However, there are a few things to bear in mind whilst driving down under…

·         Licence - You must have your current valid driver's licence with you at all times when you're driving in New Zealand. If your licence is not in English, make sure you carry an English translation or an International Driving Permit with you. As long as your licence remains valid, you can drive in New Zealand for a maximum of 12 months from the date you arrive using this permit.

·         Stay left - In New Zealand, people drive on the left. If you're an Aussie or a Brit, this is perfect - but if you're travelling from anywhere else, remember to take extra care when pulling out. It's easy to slip into autopilot.

·         Turning right? Give way - At an intersection, give way to all vehicles that are not turning. If you've driven in New Zealand before, bear in mind some of the rules have changed and drivers turning right should now give way to oncoming traffic.

·         No left turn on red - In some countries you may be used to turning left on a red light as long as the road is clear. In New Zealand this is not allowed - red means stop, no matter what way you're going.

·         Look out for pedestrians - When turning at traffic signals, give way to pedestrians - the green man will come on at many intersection crossings at the same time as the lights will turn green for you to turn.

·         Hang up - it is illegal in New Zealand to use a mobile or cell phone whilst driving, unless the device is completely hands free.

·         Travel times - New Zealand may not look that big, but travel times can be long, with many narrow, unsealed and hilly roads to negotiate on your way to some of the country's best sights. Plan your route in advance and think about where you'll stop to rest for the night.

·         Watch your speed - Speed limits in New Zealand are in kilometres rather than miles, with 100km/h being the limit on most motorways and main rural roads. Unless a sign says otherwise, the speed limit is usually 50km/h in urban or built- up areas.

·         Park wisely - Make sure you park in the direction of traffic flow on your side of the road. You could end up with a fine, or worse, having your car towed for parking on the wrong side of the street.

·         Know where you stand - Thoroughly check your rental agreement and ask any questions before you drive away. What kind of insurance do you have? Are you covered for minor scrapes or unforeseen necessities like windscreen repair? Taking a few minutes to read the small print could save you getting landed with a hefty bill - money that could be spent on experiencing more of New Zealand's spectacular scenery and activities.

Have you ever rented a car in New Zealand?


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