Drive Safe

Drive Safe in New Zealand

Some tips about riding your motorcycle on New Zealand roads

It pays to read the ‘Drive Safe’ guide before getting on your motorcycle rental.  For a start, a full and valid motorbike licence for your country of residence is required. The Can-Am Spyder requires a full car drivers licence.

If the licence is not in English, an International Driver’s Permit is also required, or an accurate translation. Read more here.

Safety Tips
SignDescription
keep-leftKeep Left

We drive on the left-hand side of the road.
stopStop at the STOP signs

Keep to the speed limit and always stop at STOP signs
speed-100Observe recommended speeds

Always slow down to observe recommended speeds around bends and check for oncoming traffic on one-lane bridges.
passing-laneUse passing lanes to overtake

Overtake other vehicles only when it’s safe to do so. Use passing lanes whenever possible, and never cross a solid yellow line on your side of the centre line.
tiredStay well-rested

Plan to drive for only 1 - 2 hours at a time, and take regular breaks during your journey to stretch your legs.
conditionsDrive to the conditions

You’ll need to reduce your speed if it’s raining, icy, snowing, windy or if you’re in a roadworks area. Ask your accommodation provider if in doubt.
driving-timeEstimate your driving times

Use this Driving Time and Distance Calculator or GPS to estimate driving times while planning your journey. Driving in New Zealand can often take longer than expected due to our winding roads.
drinkingDo not drink and drive

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in New Zealand and strictly enforced by police, with severe penalties for offenders.
dont-text-and-driveDon't use your mobile phone

It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in New Zealand. If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over at a rest area or in a safe place.

Related Topic: Safety Guide