Driving Lessons

New Zealand has a graduated driver licensing system, designed to help you develop the skills and experience needed to drive safely on New Zealand roads. We can provide lessons to help you successfully proceed through each stage.

Learners License

To apply for your Learners License you must be at least 16 years old. You will need to learn the road rules for safe driving, as found in the New Zealand Road Code, and pass a theory test to prove you understand them.

To prepare you for the theory test we:

  • Introduce you to each of the road rules, and help you learn them.
  • Help you understand any road rules that you are having difficulty with.
  • Walk you through sample tests to give you confidence to pass your Learners License theory test.
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Restricted License

To apply for your restricted license, you must have held your Learners License for at least 6 months, and be at least 16½ years old. You will also need to pass a 60 minute Restricted License practical test.

To prepare you for this practical test you will:

Practice basic driving skills:

We will start in a quiet area to get you comfortable with controlling the car, and build your confidence before moving to busier roads.

  • Getting familiar with the vehicle and assessing your surroundings.
  • Starting & stopping (acceleration & braking).
  • Steering: handling corners and changing lanes.

Combine practice and theory:

Once you are comfortable with basic vehicle handling skills, we will start to practice these on busier roads. We will focus on:

  • Different situations where you need to give way to other vehicles.
  • How to use different kinds of intersections that you will encounter while driving.
  • Where and how to park safely and legally.
  • Driving to the conditions, and what to do when they become more hazardous.
  • Hazard identification, road awareness, and how to avoid crash situations.
  • Parallel parking, angle parking, reversing, 3 point turns, u-turns.
  • How to indicate correctly and safely negotiate roundabouts.
  • Maintaining a safe following distance.
  • Motorway driving: merging, lane changes, and driving safely at higher speeds.
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Full License

For drivers under 25 years old: You must be at least 18 years old, and have held your Restricted License for at least 18 months to apply for you Full License. This may be reduced to a minimum age of 17 years, and 12 months on your Restricted License by completing an advanced driving course.

For drivers over 25 years old: You must have held your Restricted License for at least 6 months. This may be reduced to 3 months by completing an advanced driving course.

You will also need to pass a 30 minute Full License practical test.

To help you prepare for this final test, our focus will be on perfecting your road awareness, decision making, and overall driving skills.

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