You require a current and valid driver’s licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP) in order to drive in New Zealand. You must carry your licence on you at all times when you are driving. If your licence is not written in English, you must carry a translation with you or obtain an IDP.
Road rules are very similar to the UK including driving on the left-hand side of the road however roads may be quite different from home so please take care. There are only limited dual carriageways, roads tend to be narrow, hilly and windy, and you are likely to meet all sorts of road traffic including milk tankers, logging trucks and tractors. Driving times tend to be a lot longer than most people anticipate due to these factors and the fact that there is usually plenty to stop and look at along the way. Be considerate of other road users and pull over to allow others to pass if necessary.
Public transport is not particularly developed in New Zealand, especially outside of the main cities. There are however some fantastic scenic train journeys that can form part of your trip and are highly recommended. Within cities, buses, trains and trams are an excellent way of getting around. Most cities in New Zealand are small however and very easy to negotiate on foot.
Flights between New Zealand’s main cities are very frequent and fast. Check-in and security procedures at the airports are usually extremely efficient. Prices are competitive. Flights to the regional airports are usually in a smaller plane and are at a higher cost but still a great way to maximise your time in the country and avoid long drives.