Stay safe while you’re driving
If you plan to drive, there are a few things you need to remember to help you stay safe:
- We drive on the left side of the road.
- Everyone in the car must wear safety belts and children under seven must use an approved safety restraint.
- It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while you are driving.
- There is a zero alcohol limit for drivers under 20 – if you drink then drive you may lose your licence.
For more information, read Driving in New Zealand published in 14 languages by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
To protect yourself from sunburn:
- wear a long-sleeved shirt and try to stay in the shade
- use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and reapply it frequently
- wear a hat with a wide brim or protective flaps
- use close-fitting sunglasses – look for the words ‘good UV protection” on the label.
New Zealand has spectacular scenery and fantastic recreational opportunities, so you’re likely to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. It’s important to follow a few basic safety rules.
- Always check the weather forecast before you set off, and take a waterproof jacket and warm clothing – even in the summer. New Zealand weather can be very changeable.
- Check the recommended level of fitness required for any walk before you head off – many of our walks are quite challenging. And wear walking shoes or hiking boots. Street shoes are not suitable.
- Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. If something goes wrong, you’ll be easier to find.
Dial 111 for help
The emergency telephone number in New Zealand is 111. It is a free phone call, even from your mobile phone. The operator will put you through to the Police, the Fire Service, Ambulance or Search and Rescue.