Before you can start your road trip in New Zealand, there are a few things you need to consider in order to have an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Two of the most commonly asked car hire questions we often receive are about the types of licences and permit requirements when renting a car. So to help you walk through the whole process, VroomVroomVroom has put together a comprehensive guide to make your life easier.
Most car rental companies are unable to rent a car to anyone with a suspended, revoked, expired, cancelled or surrendered driver's licence. At the time of rental, you must present a valid driver's licence which has been held for at least one year. Note that drivers with Learner's Permits or restricted licences may not be allowed to operate and drive any vehicles.
Know more about the Types of Licences.
An International Driving Permit is a translation of your national driver's licence. If your licence is not in English and you want to drive in New Zealand then you need an International Driving Permit. Before leaving for New Zealand, you must apply for a translation with your local transport authority.
Find out more why you need an International Driving Permit.