1. Can I drive in Christchurch with my foreign driving license?
If your foreign license is in English or accompanied with an official translation, you are able to drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months. After that, you need to convert it into a New Zealand license.
2. Which side of the road should I be driving in Christchurch?
In Christchurch and all across New Zealand, you should always drive on the left-hand side of the road.
3. What is the maximum speed limit in Christchurch city centre?
The maximum speed limit in most urban areas including Christchurch city centre is 50km/h, unless otherwise stated.
4. Are there speed and red light cameras in Christchurch?
Yes, throughout Christchurch there are a number of both speed and red light cameras installed to ensure safety and compliance with speed limits.
5. How can I recognise parking zones in Christchurch?
Parking zones are typically marked with signs and you may also find blue painted boxes on the street indicating a pay and display parking zone.
6. Can I park my campervan anywhere in Christchurch?
No, campervans are only permitted to park in designated camping areas, not anywhere on city streets or in local parks.
7. What do I need to know about toll roads when driving a campervan in New Zealand?
Not many toll roads exist in New Zealand, but payment can typically be made online or at selected service stations within 5 days of travel. Details are available on the NZ Transport Agency website.
8. Are there any specific road rules for campervans in Christchurch?
All general road rules apply. In addition, campervans must not exceed the speed of 90km/h and must be parked in designated areas.
9. How busy is traffic within Christchurch?
As with any city, it can get busy during peak hours which are typically between 7-9am and 3-5pm on weekdays.
10. Can I drive outside of Christchurch with my campervan?
You are free to drive throughout New Zealand once you've hired your campervan. Remember, driving distances and times may be longer than you're used to.
11. Are rural and urban driving rules the same in Christchurch?
The main rules apply both in rural and urban areas, although the speed limit changes to 100km/h on rural roads.
12. Should I be aware of any specific safety rules while driving a campervan in Christchurch?
Remember to always fasten your seatbelt, observe speed limits, not use your mobile phone while driving, and avoid driving when tired.
13. Is the highway network around Christchurch and New Zealand well-maintained?
Yes, Highways and roads in and around Christchurch, and generally throughout New Zealand, are well-maintained.
14. What should I do in case of a breakdown with my campervan?
Contact your campervan provider immediately. Most providers will offer 24/7 customer support to assist you in such situations.
15. Do all roads in Christchurch have a footpath?
Most major roads in Christchurch have footpaths. However, in some rural and residential areas, footpaths may not be present.