Learn to be a safe and responsible driver with The official New Zealand road code. It has all the information you need to get your learner licence.

The road code is about Aotearoa New Zealand’s traffic law and safe driving practices, which you’ll be tested on when you sit your theory and practical driving tests. It covers a range of topics including the legal responsibilities of vehicle owners and the legal requirements for your vehicle.

The road code also has the questions you could be asked when you sit the theory test for your learner licence.

Theory test questions

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency also publishes road codes for heavy vehicle drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists. You can find all our road codes online.

Heavy vehicle road code

Motorcycle road code

Code for cycling


Any changes made to the web version of The official New Zealand road code since the last published edition are listed on the Updates page.

Updates to the road code

Where can I buy the road code?

You can buy copies of the road code at Waka Kotahi agents and most booksellers.

Find an agent in you area


Waka Kotahi aims to ensure the material in this document is technically and legally accurate. However, this road code is a plain language summary of the legislation and doesn’t override it.

We don’t accept liability for any consequences arising from the use of this document. If you’re unsure the material in this document is correct, refer to the relevant legislation. 

New Zealand legislation(external link)