New Zealand Self Drive

If you are thinking of a holiday in Kiwi Land, try a New Zealand self drive holiday. Anyone who has ever been on New Zealand vacations will tell you that the country’s landscape and natural environment is absolutely stunning. New Zealand is truly a diverse country of beautiful and breathtaking mountains, rivers and lakes

New Zealand self drive holidays will provide you with the flexibility and independence that will ensure that your vacation is a memorable one.

Car rental New Zealand

New Zealand Self Drive

Planning a self drive holiday is really not that difficult once you know what is the essential pre booking that needs to be done. There are car rentals, camper vans and motor homes for hire depending on your preferences. Looking for cheap car rental in New Zealand is possible by using the web to narrow down the choices and make your final selection.

When you rent your vehicle you will be provided with the relevant road maps but renting a GPS will ensure that you have your eyes free to enjoy the scenery and environment.

General information driving in New Zealand

All motorists drive on the left-hand side of the road. Road distances are in kilometers and the speed limit on the open road is 100 km/h (about 60miles/h). Maximum speed allowed in urban areas is 50k/hr. Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts are all times.

The roads in New Zealand are generally well kept and traffic is generally very light in some roads so you may go for some distance before you see another vehicle. When you are driving in the country, the view can be very scenic so it is really an experience not to be missed.

It is advisable to take frequent breaks between drive and to ensure that you have sufficient rest the night before.

Driving distances and times from Oamaru

Destination

Distance (km)

Approx. driving time

Picton

583

7:15

Queenstown 

319

4:00

Te Anau 

404

5:00

Lake Tekapo

188

2:20

Timaru

84 

1:00

Twizel

146

2:00

Wanaka

231

2:50

Westport

580

7:15

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