Driving in New Zealand

Driving in New Zealand

What do you need to know before getting behind the wheel?

Exploring New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes by car, campervan or motorhome is a popular way to get around but you need to be well aware of things like weather extremes, narrow, windy roads and different road rules before you begin on your journey.

Find out how simple it is to drive in New Zealand

It’s easy to drive in New Zealand you just need to meet the following conditions below:

  • If you are visiting or living in New Zealand for 12 months or less, you are able to drive for a maximum period of 12 months using your foreign Driver Licence.


  • If your valid foreign Driver Licence is not in English, you will need to have your Driver Licence translated by a New Zealand Transport Agency – NZTA approved translation company,this will allow you to drive legally in New Zealand.


  • If you are staying in New Zealand for over 12 months, you will need to apply for a New Zealand Driver Licence.  Have your foreign Driver Licence translated by an NZTA Approved Translation Company before you apply for your New Zealand Driver Licence.


Language Links – Translations and Interpreting is a NZTA approved translator, offering same day express service and competitive rate.

Go to our page Request a Translation , fill the form and upload your driver licence (.pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .png), make the payment (online banking or PayPal) and receive your translation (email, courier or collect at our office).


With only 3 easy steps we can help you to drive safely and legally in New Zealand.


Enjoy the best of New Zealand!



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