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Safe Driving In New Zealand

Self-drive holidays are one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy New Zealand's landscape. Many of our roads are scenic and traffic is low when compared to international standards.

Although New Zealand is a relatively small country, it can take many hours to drive between cities and other destinations of interest. Even when distances are short, hilly or winding terrain or narrow secondary roads can slow your journey.

If you're used to driving in the city, you should take care when driving on the open country roads. New Zealand has a good motorway system. However, extreme weather conditions, rough terrain and narrow secondary roads and bridges require vigilant driving.

Never drive if you are feeling tired, particularly after you have just completed a long-haul flight.

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the following information provided by the New Zealand government before you drive in New Zealand: What's different about driving in New Zealand?

The following driving tips will also help you enjoy a safe and happy New Zealand self-drive adventure:

  • Always drive on the left-hand-side of the road and give way to your right.
  • All road distances are measured in kilometres.
  • When turning left, give way (yield) to traffic crossing or approaching from your right.
  • When the traffic light is red, you must stop. There is no left turn rule as in North America.
  • The amber traffic light means stop unless you are so close to the intersection you can't stop safely.
  • The speed limit on the open road is usually 100km/h (approx 60m/h). In urban areas the speed limit is 50km/h. Speed limits are strictly enforced by the police.
  • Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts or child restraints at all times, in both front and rear seats.
  • During long journeys take regular rest and refreshment breaks.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in New Zealand and strictly enforced by police, with severe penalties for offenders.

Want more info about driving in New Zealand? Read this helpful article on www.newzealand.com, or watch the video below.


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Kiwi Holiday Parks

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Kiwi Holiday Parks represents a group of over 50 quality holiday parks situated throughout New Zealand. When you stay at a Kiwi Holiday Park you can be sure you’re getting quality service and value for money. All of our holiday parks have a minimum 3 star rating and are regularly assessed by Qualmark - New Zealand tourism´s official quality agency. With over 50 member parks strategically located in some of New Zealand’s most serene and picturesque regions, you can always be sure of a warm and friendly welcome as you travel the length and breadth of our beautiful country. Our member park owners are seasoned locals who know their region like only locals can and love nothing more than sharing their knowledge of their unique part of New Zealand with you.

Simply advise the park when you are booking that you are a Cheapa guest and show your key tag on check in to receive your discount.

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Top 10 Holiday Parks

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TOP 10 Holiday Parks have, for over 25 years, set the standard for New Zealand Holiday Parks (camping grounds / motor camps), so you can be assured of great value for money and beautiful clean facilities. Kiwis have a tradition of staying in camping grounds and no holiday memories are complete without experiencing one of our great Parks. Our 51 New Zealand Holiday Parks offer fully integrated accommodation options, from park motels and self contained units through to cabins, tent and powered sites (caravans, motorhomes, campervans and RVs).

Cheapa guests receive 60 minutes Free Internet at any Participating IAC TOP 10 Holiday Park. This internet card is given at the branch on the day of pick up. The IAC card is already loaded with the 60 minutes. The Free Internet offer is only valid at one park.

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Road Maps & Extra Info

All Cheapa customers are supplied with a complimentary Travel Wallet when picking up their vehicle. This wallet includes our New Zealand magazine with discount vouchers, campground guides, safety tips, local/regional information and other helpful information.

GPS hire is also available to help you travel through the North and South Islands with ease. If you would like any more information, our friendly staff will be more than happy to offer personal advice on where to go, what to see and the best routes to travel.

Breakdown & Accident Assistance

All Cheapa vehicles are serviced and maintained to the highest industry standard. However, should you run into any mechanical difficulties on your holiday, Cheapa offers 24 hour roadside assistance. We provide a dedicated FREE call number, listed on the back of your Cheapa key tag. Our team will help you get back on the road as soon as possible.

Freedom Camping:

While New Zealand is very tolerant of ‘Freedom Camping’ they do have some guidelines to ensure their communities and environment is not adversely affected by campers. There are also new laws that allow local governments to fine you if you are breaching the freedom camping guidelines. For more information click HERE.

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