Non drivers in NZ

Old May 25th 2018, 2:01 pm
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Hello,

I'm planning about moving to NZ by the end of the year. I'm currently learning to drive.
is it worth taking the driving test in the Uk. I'm considering waiting until I move to NZ as I saw i would need to retake the test over there. It seems a bit silly to pay for both...
what I'm worried is I would be left as a non driver for possibly a couple of months. Is it difficult to get about without a car? How are transports? And if I live in a village or suburban have they got plenty local food shops?

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Old May 25th 2018, 11:59 pm
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would be a lot easier to get it in the UK and convert it to NZ. All you need to do to convert is go to AA Shop, have a eye test, have your photo taken and pay you money. You can actually drive in NZ on a UK licence for a year so not hurry to get it converted. at
If you want to wait until you get to NZ you will need to sit a theory test to allow you to take lessons, you then need a restricted licence test that allows you to drive on your own at certain times of the day, then you need to go for your full.

As for public transport/shops depends where you live.
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Originally Posted by MrsFychan View Post
would be a lot easier to get it in the UK and convert it to NZ. All you need to do to convert is go to AA Shop, have a eye test, have your photo taken and pay you money. You can actually drive in NZ on a UK licence for a year so not hurry to get it converted. at
If you want to wait until you get to NZ you will need to sit a theory test to allow you to take lessons, you then need a restricted licence test that allows you to drive on your own at certain times of the day, then you need to go for your full.

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I think NZTA have tightened things up recently and it might get more complicated to convert an overseas licence if that licence is very recent (or also from certain countries). I would still be inclined to get the licence in the UK though because you can drive on it in New Zealand for twelve moths which should be enough time to sort the rest out.
https://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-lice...river-licence/
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My UK/EURO licence expired a while back as did my OZ licence. I cannot renew either as no longer a resident.

I printed off my old Uk license details using my old Uk address. I wonder if they would accept that )doubt it.
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Originally Posted by mikemike View Post
My UK/EURO licence expired a while back as did my OZ licence. I cannot renew either as no longer a resident.

I printed off my old Uk license details using my old Uk address. I wonder if they would accept that )doubt it.
If it has expired less than 12 months ago you can still convert it
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If it has expired less than 12 months ago you can still convert it
sadly, it expired about 6 years ago, i have been away a long time. yet i can still print a paper version based upon my old address
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Originally Posted by mikemike View Post
sadly, it expired about 6 years ago, i have been away a long time. yet i can still print a paper version based upon my old address
Your UK license doesn't expire until you age out at 70 unless you lose it through something illegal in the UK,
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Your UK license doesn't expire until you age out at 70 unless you lose it through something illegal in the UK,
Yes you are correctwhich is probably why the paperprint out is still avaiable

You cannot however re-acquire the plastic photo card version if you are outside of the EU. You also need a EU address for the new plastic, Whilst UK is still in the EU!! I tried to get a new Uk license as was told very clearly that i would need to submit my passport and have a Uk residence for the application to proceed. Telling fibs about a Uk address does not sit with me, so i did not proceed
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Thank you both. I'll try to get it in the UK although I like the NZ idea of having two stages for the practical test.
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Originally Posted by mikemike View Post
My UK/EURO licence expired a while back as did my OZ licence. I cannot renew either as no longer a resident.

I printed off my old Uk license details using my old Uk address. I wonder if they would accept that )doubt it.
I still have my original UK green paper license which wont run out till im 70, I never converted to the plastic ID card type.
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Please check regulations. I believe recent changes mean that you can't just go into an AA shop and get one anymore unless you have held licence for two years. Son of a friend had to retake test in NZ and he failed.
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