New Zealand Launches 'DriveSafe' Website

22 January 2015

Whether you're stumped for ideas or curious about Kiwi road rules, planning your New Zealand road trip just got a whole lot easier with the launch of drivesafe.org.nz.

The website is an initiative from New Zealand's Tourism Industry Association (TIA) along with the New Zealand Transport Agency and a host of rental car companies. It comes as part of a wider government project focusing on safer journeys.

"The safety of visiting drivers is paramount," says Jim Harland, chairperson of the visiting drivers project. "We are aiming to deliver visiting drivers with relevant and accurate safety information at the right time, in the right way. The result will be safer roads and a better holiday experience for visitors."

The DriveSafe website covers everything from basic etiquette behind the wheel to handy tips for tackling unfamiliar roads.

Split into three sections - planning your trip, on arrival and on the road - DriveSafe has something for every road tripper, from the nervous novice to seasoned pro.

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While cruising the Land of the Long White Cloud may not be too dissimilar to hitting Australian highways, there are always subtle differences to be aware of, like New Zealand-specific road rules signage.

Once you've got the basics down-pat and have aced the tourist driving quiz online, DriveSafe offers suggested routes and itineraries to inspire your journey across both the North and South Islands.

"New Zealand is a small country, but driving times can often take longer than expected due to our winding roads," reads the DriveSafe website.

With that in mind, there's a driving time and distance calculator for those who want to plan their road trip right down to the very last speedbump.

Ashton Rigg

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