Top Tips for Driving and Traveling in New Zealand
If you’ve decided to travel around New Zealand in a camper van, car or even by bike then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. If you’re yet to choose your rental company then take a look at these two options:
New Zealand Caravan Rental – Wilderness are known for their great customer service and will help you choose the right vehicle for you and your family.
Auckland Car Rentals – If you’ve decided that it’s a car you want then get in contact with Snap Car Rentals for some great deals!
Try to find the prefect rental vehicle because you’ll be spending a lot of time inside it travelling around this beautiful country. To ale sure everything goes to plan take in to consideration the following tips:
– In New Zealand you must drive on the left hand side of the road. If back home you are used to driving on the right hand side of the road then make a conscious effort to remind yourself that you need to drive on the left. Some rental vehicles have reminders on the windscreen to help you not forget which side of the road you should on!
– People often find that the roads aren’t like they are back home. The roads in New Zealand aren’t as wide or as smooth as roads in Europe. There are many narrow, windy and sometimes steep roads, some of the roads may also be unsealed.
– Cyclists should take extra care on the roads. This goes for anywhere in the world, we all know that motorists can become impatient when following a cyclist.
– If you are a slow and cautious driver then it is good road etiquette to watch out for traffic building up behind you. Try to pull off to the side when you can and let traffic pass you by.
– Try to travel at the right time of the day, usually between 6 am – 9.30 am and 3 pm to 6.30 pm are the peak times on the road. Try to avoid travelling at these times if you can, it will give you a more relaxed journey.
– Even though New Zealand is small country you shouldn’t expect there to be little traffic. All families have at least one car each, add this to the fact that public transport isn’t great, it means that you will always encounter traffic on your journey. In the major cities like Auckland be prepared for some pretty heavy traffic.