Sometimes in the South Island and the centre of the North Island, roads may be closed due to snow and ice. This can happen right through winter and into early spring. The New Zealand AA can provide you with up-to-date information on conditions in these areas.
In New Zealand, seat Belts are compulsory (for all passengers).
Diesel costs range from 1.00 and 1.10 Dollar per litre. Unleaded petrol will cost you between 1.45 and 1.50 Dollar per litre.
An unrestricted, valid drivers licence from your home country is all that you will need to drive in New Zealand.
Be aware when driving at night in the country side for nocternal animals such as possims, rabbits and deer which are attracted to your head lights,it happens often that drivers loose control of their vehicles trying to dodge them and dont be too sad if you accidently kill a few possims as they are a national pest and are destroying our native forests.
Area: 104,454 mi2 (270,534 km2). North Island--44,701 mi2 (115,777 km2); South Island--58,385 mi2 (151,215 km2); Stewart Island--674 mi2 (1,746 km2); Chatham Islands--372 mi2 (963 km2); other islands--322 mi2 (837 km2). Coastline--about 3,200 mi (5,150 km).
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