This page links you to all you need to know about learning to drive a car or motorcycle.
Each stage has a test you have to pass. There’s a theory test to pass at stage 1, and driving tests for stages 2 and 3.
New Zealand Transport Agency
If you are a learner driver you must not drive on your own — a person who has had their full licence for at least two years must be in the front passenger seat.
You must also:
- Display ‘L’ (learner) plates on the front and rear of the vehicle;
- Carry your learner licence with you at all times.
Motorcycles and mopeds
Motorcycles and mopeds are popular choices with young drivers. They are usually cheaper to buy and maintain than cars.
Mopeds must have a power output of less than 2kW and have a top design speed of less than 50kph. You can ride a moped with a car licence.
Motorcycle riders must pass a basic handling skills test and need a specialised motorcycle licence to ride on the road. NZTA’s How to get a motorcycle licence factsheet explains.
- New Zealand Transport Agency guide to driver licensing
- The New Zealand Rode Code — online and at your library
- Road code quiz — An online sample from AA and opportunity to buy official online practice tests.
- Driving tests — Practice tests online for car, motorbike and heavy vehicle tests.
- Your rights on the road — heaps more sites about road safety, driver licensing, fines and more.
- Fuelsaver — find out how fuel efficient different types of car are.
- Pricewatch — website monitors fuel prices around the country.
Here are some pages on our website for drivers:
- Buying a new car/boat/motorcycle
- Motor manuals collection
- Energy efficient transport
- Internet Gateway: Transport
Find books about cars and driving in our catalogue:
- Driving in New Zealand
- Buying a vehicle in New Zealand, as well as general guides to buying a vehicle
- Buying motorcycles
- Maintaining a vehicle
- Motorcycle repairs and maintenance