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Speed Limits in New Zealand

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Speed limits in New Zealand are measured in kilometres per hour (kph) and can range up to 110 km/h. Drivers are advised to get familiar with the important road rules and to keep to the speed limits. VroomVroomVroom has compiled a quick guide to the maximum and minimum speed limits in New Zealand.

How fast should I drive in New Zealand?

The maximum speed limit on the open road in New Zealand is 100 km/h (62 mph). However, new speed limit rules were implemented on 21 September 2017 on roads which can support higher travel speeds. According to NZ Transport Agency, drivers are now permitted to travel 110km/h on the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road on State Highway 2 and the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway on State Highway 1. These two are considered the safest roads in New Zealand. Please note that the speed limit for heavy vehicles and vehicles towing remains at 90km/h.

Based on Driving offences and penalties issued by the NZ Transport Agency, drivers may be subjected to a fine and will incur demerit points for speeding. You may get a 28-day licence suspension if caught for driving over the speed limit and may also be charged with careless, dangerous or reckless driving.

Are there minimum speed limits in New Zealand?

There is no minimum posted speed limit in New Zealand. However, it is against the law to drive at an unreasonably slow speed. Drivers must pull over to the side of the road to allow queues of cars behind them to pass.

Common road safety signs in New Zealand

  • Red and Blue signs: These signs indicate that the driver must take a compulsory action, like turning a certain direction or coming to a complete stop. Signs indicating the speed limit will be circular, red and white.
  • Special lanes: White signs with red borders indicate bus lanes, and transit lanes (requiring certain numbers of people to be travelling in the vehicle).
  • Warning signs: Yellow signs are permanent warning signs that indicate narrow roads, clearance limits or pedestrian crossing areas. Orange signs refer to temporary hazards like roadwork or flooding.

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