Do we need an International Driver`s Licence to drive in New Zealand ?
WE TWO ADULTS AND CHILDREN SEVEN AND 10 ARE GOING TO NEW ZEALAND IN JANUARY FOR 10 DAYS. WE PLAN TO HIRE A CAR AND WE’LL BE BASED IN QUEENSTOWN AND WANAKA. DO WE NEED AN INTERNATIONAL LICENCE OR IS A NSW LICENCE SUFFICIENT? WE PLAN TO VISIT MILFORD SOUND. SHOULD WE STAY IN TE ANAU FOR A NIGHT OR TWO OR IS THERE ACCOMMODATION CLOSER TO THE SOUND? ANY OTHER ADVICE ON PLACES TO SEE? WE LIKE SCENERY AND VIEWS.
Australian licence holders are allowed to drive in New Zealand for any period up to 12 months, so you’re in the clear, no international licence required. Te Anau is the main accommodation base for Milford Sound. The drive takes about 2½ hours, but chances are you’ll make a few stops along the way to admire the scenery. You can also stay at the sound itself, at Milford Sound Lodge , although the dining options are far more limited. Most visitors choose to stay in Te Anau, which offers a better choice of dining and also breaks the 300 kilometre, 5-hour drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound. One drive you really should do from Queenstown is the road to Glenorchy, which follows the curve of Lake Wakatipu with sensational views practically all the way. Driving between Queenstown and Wanaka, be sure to take the road over the Crown Range, another cracking drive.
This question and answer first appeared in The Tripologist column of Fairfax’s Traveller. Read more at www.traveller.com.au