Overland New Zealand Travel

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[edit] Entering New Zealand with a Car or Motorbike

Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)

[edit] Required Paperwork

List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies

[edit] Process at border

(For people, see New Zealand Visa and Passport requirements at the World Travel Guide)
Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle

[edit] Cost of entry

State the cost for a vehicle to enter

[edit] Permitted length of stay

State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle

[edit] Extension of stay

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

[edit] Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

[edit] Exiting with a vehicle

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

[edit] Driving in New Zealand

[edit] Insurance requirements

Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.

[edit] Cost of insurance

State the price of insurance and a time period.

[edit] Where to purchase insurance

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

[edit] Driving licence

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

[edit] Driving side of road

LHD vehicles can be driven in New Zealand without a problem.

[edit] Mandatory items in vehicle

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)

[edit] Roads

[edit] General Road quality

Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.

[edit] Road signs

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

[edit] Toll roads

List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.

[edit] Bribery in New Zealand

Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.

[edit] Checkpoints

describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

[edit] Travelling with pets

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

[edit] Petrol and Diesel price in New Zealand

Last updated: October 2012

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Petrol Grade Price
Unleaded €1.51 EUR per Liter[1]
Diesel €0.97 EUR per Liter[1]

[edit] Petrol and Diesel Availability / Frequency

Briefly describe if petrol shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between petrol stations. This is a very rough estimate.

[edit] Petrol and Diesel Quality

Discuss if petrol / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulphur content of diesel, if known.

[edit] Safety and Security Considerations

[edit] Driving at night

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

[edit] Vehicle parking

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

[edit] Special driving considerations

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

[edit] Security advisories and information

[edit] Camping in New Zealand

South Island: Organised "pay" camping is very common. There are normally showers and restrooms available at the campsites. A large majority have pay-to-use wireless internet connections available. As of January 2010 the approximate price of one camping site a night was $20.00 USD.

[edit] Camping guide books

List and link to books specifically for camping.

[edit] Drinking water

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.

[edit] Navigation

[edit] Paper maps

Description of the best paper maps and where to purchase them.

[edit] GPS Maps of New Zealand

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

[edit] GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in New Zealand

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

[edit] Special Overland Travel interests

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

[edit] Travel Guide Books

List good travel guide books (not necessarily Overland related.

[edit] Vehicle Maintenance

[edit] Dealers

4x4s / Trucks


[edit] Local Garages

Add known good mechanics here.

[edit] Buy or sell a car or motorbike in New Zealand

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'

[edit] References

Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

  1. 1.0 1.1 World petrol prices, gas prices, diesel prices|MyTravelCost.com

[edit] Helpful External links

Add any helpful external links here.

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