Roads

Always drive on the left hand side of the road in New Zealand. If you’re used to driving on the right hand side of the road, this can be a challenge to remember!

Consequently most New Zealanders are coming to grips with a related challenge: how to react / where to go, when faced with a vehicle approaching head-on.

Having said this it also has to be noted that for every 200-300 km traveled in this country you’re going to see someone illegally [and very foolishly] passing another vehicle when a solid line yellow line road marking signals a “blind zone” or upcoming corner.

When there are extreme weather conditions throughout the country, it is easy to check the wisdom of continuing.

Lots of wind here in relation to other countries catches foreign drivers out – especially of high sided camper vans, also they’re often totally unaware of where the left hand side of their vehicle is, and this in conjunction with a lack of barriers by steep drop-offs means they will often be a little on the wrong side of the road.

There are road signs stating “NZ roads are different – allow more time”. This is good advice!

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