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Getting your Licence 

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Getting your car driver licence in NZ involves a three-step process. As you progress through the stages you gain a new licence with fewer requirements and more responsibilities. It's an approach that ensures all fully licensed drivers have the skills and experience to drive safely on our roads.

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Need some help getting ready for your licence?

Are you over 18? Driving on no licence or on the wrong licence? Wairarapa REAP hace Learner, Restricted & Full Licence courses. Aimed so you can pass first time! To find out when these are running, check out the Wairarapa REAP Events Calendar

Graduated licence System

The minimum age for obtaining class 1 (car) and class 6 (motorcycle) learner licence is 16 years. New minimum ages for obtaining restricted and full licences also apply.

Restricted Licence Test Guide

Full Licence Test Guide


Road Code

The official New Zealand road code is a user-friendly guide to New Zealand's traffic law and safe driving practices. You will be tested on this information in your theory and practical driving tests.

Information in the Licence and study guide section will help you through each stage of your driver licence. It explains the driver licensing system in New Zealand, describes each stage of your driver licence and provides useful information about the theory and practical tests. It also includes most of the questions that you could be asked when you sit the theory test for your learner licence, and a driving skills syllabus to help you and your driving coach when you're learning to drive.

This guide is intended for drivers of cars and other light vehicles.


Local Driving Instructors


Community Driver Mentor Programme Needs You

Thought of becoming a mentor driver?

We have an induction coming up:

Friday 31st July


What do mentors do?

  • Using programme cars, mentors will help learner drivers prepare forrestricted driving licence test and safe solo driving.
  • Coach a young driver for an hour a week to get them their restricted licence, become a safedriver and provide a pathway to employment.
  • Mentors are not driving instructors but will act ascoaches and supervise a range of driving experiences.
  • Attend a brief induction and get full support to mentor a young driver to success
  • Mentors use suggestions from professionaldriving instructors covering attitudes to driving,planning safe trips, recognising and masteringdifficult driving conditions just to name a few...
  • Build up our community through volunteering!
What do drivers learn from their mentors?
  • Understand risk and hazards, and make safe choices on the road
  • Driving to the conditions
  • Respect and tolerance of other road users
  • Self discipline and communication skills

Call Bruce Pauling 06 377 1379 or email us on our contact page

RYDA Programme

The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme is in partnership with Rotary, Road Safety Education, Safer Journeys, Wairarapa Road Safety Council.

This year we almost doubled our number is our fourth year providing a successful program focusing on Year 12 Students across Wairarapa during March. With nearly 600 Students in attendance over the 2-day event held at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton, students we able to take part in 6 workshops;

  • Putting the 'I' in Drive
  • Hazards, Distractions & Risks
  • Speed & Stopping Distances
  • Road Choices
  • Genevieves Story
  • Crash Survivor


Each facilitator was experienced in their field providing safer road choices and inspiration to students wanting to take the next step in their journey of their future driving careers. This program was set to run in 2020 for it's 6th year, however due to gathering restrictions outlayed in Alert Level 2, 3 & 4 for Covid19, it has been decided that it will not run in Wairarapa this year.

Road Safety Education have a formal response to Covid19 and you can view this by clicking here

For more information please click the RYDA link

We wish to thank all of the Rotarians, Teachers, Students, Facilitators and supporting organisations that played their part in making this event an on-going success.

RYDA is an Australia and New Zealand Program delivered by Road Safety Education Ltd.

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