Driving safely in New Zealand

Heading out on the road over mid-term break? New to New Zealand? Welcome.

This country is renowned for its diverse and beautiful scenery, wonderful locations and fantastic people.

One of the best ways to experience and absorb the sights and sounds of this land is by driving. However New Zealand roads may be very different to those you may be used to driving on.

The New Zealand Police and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) are committed to ensuring all road users safely enjoy the driving experience.

Visiting drivers eligible to drive in New Zealand must have a current and valid overseas driver licence or international driving permit. If you’re here for more than 12 months, you’ll need to gain a New Zealand driver licence. 

Have a safe journey.

Safety in the New Zealand outdoors

Mid-term break is an awesome time of year to head out into the New Zealand outdoors and experience gorgeous scenery and adventure. 

The Department of Conservation website (DoC) is one of the best places to start planning your trip with awesome ideas of where to go. Click here>

SAFETY – Make sure you spend some time planning your adventure – whether it’s a hike for the day or longer. New Zealand conditions are different from anywhere else in the world.  The weather especially can change quite suddenly, which can then change the conditions of the environment around you.

Whether you’re heading out for a day walk or a longer adventure, make sure you tell a trusted contact where you are going and when you will be back, and that they understand that if you are late they should contact New Zealand Police. Do not expect to have cellphone coverage in some rural or mountain areas.

Know before you go

Five things to do before you go>

DoC has also compiled other links and resources on safety and planning your trip, so you can have the best possible adventure out there. Click here>

Start of year videos – success, safety, wellbeing

Start of year videos at UC are packed with info that will help you get the best start to the year.

There’s a lot going on right now, but there’s heaps of support. It’s ok to ask for help – do it early and get a great start to your year. 

Check out this video about support offered by Student Care>

Find out about Health and Safety here>