New Zealand has diverse terrain and our weather conditions can change quickly. The roads are often narrow and hilly with twists and turns so may take longer to drive than you expect. Our time and distance calculator can help you plan your itinerary.
Outside of the main cities, there are very few motorways. Most of our roads are two-way with one lane in each direction and no barriers in-between. In rural areas you’re likely to encounter gravel roads, as well as slow-moving farm machinery, horses and stock.
New Zealand roads are busiest during summer and early autumn (December-April) and you need to take extra care when driving in winter as there may be snow, ice, or heavy rain and hail.
It’s important to allow plenty of time for driving in New Zealand. Use the NZTA Journey Planner for the latest road and travel time information before you set out. Check the weather forecast too, as you may experience four seasons in one day when driving long distances.
Use this distance calculator to get an approximate travel time and distance between two points in New Zealand.