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There's something to be said for drifting like a free spirit. But there's also something comforting about knowing which way you're going. Before you jump in your rental car and cruise down those highways and byways, you might want to learn a thing or two about Bay of Plenty. You'll need to book a flight to New Zealand to get to this epic destination.
Here are our recommendations on how to jump behind the wheel of a rental car with some savings in your wallet:
It's always a good idea to take time out from the city, and if you do, you'll be handsomely rewarded. With valleys, extinct volcanos, and rocky coastlines to see, Bay of Plenty knows how to do an exciting day trip. A larger vehicle like a four-wheel drive or an SUV will give you and the family more comfort and space for those longer drives.
For some people, owning a prestige vehicle is the stuff of fairy tales. But renting the car of your dreams is far easier than you think! Imagine rolling into town in a snazzy sports car, even if it's only for a few days. Or maybe all you want is a budget ride to get you from A to B. Flashy or thrifty? Either way, one thing's for sure — there's a rental car to suit your style in Bay of Plenty.
From seat belt laws and parking rules to cell phone use and speed limitations, there are lots of things to get your head around when driving someplace new. If it's your first time in Bay of Plenty, here's what you should know before you climb behind the wheel:
Stay on the left-hand side of the road in Bay of Plenty. If you're planning to get a rental car here, take note that the driver's seat will be on the right. It may take a little bit to get used to!
Speed limits generally range from 50 km/h to 100 km/h in Bay of Plenty and there are penalties for exceeding the limit. Residential roads usually have a maximum speed of 40 km/h, unless stated otherwise.
More often than not, your car rental company will charge the fined amount to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may forward your contact details to the relevant local agency so they can send a fine straight to you.
Seat belts have to be worn in Bay of Plenty Region. However, the rule may not apply for certain vehicles, like those used by public transportation networks.
It's illegal to use your cell phone while cruising in your car around Bay of Plenty, and you could also be fined for simply holding a phone if you're in control of a vehicle. However, the use of hands-free or Bluetooth functions is permitted, as long as you keep your attention on the road.
When behind the wheel in Bay of Plenty, it's a criminal offence to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) above 0.05%. Thinking of having a few drinks while you're out? Consider taking a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
It's a big no-no to turn at a red light in Bay of Plenty. When you come across one, take the opportunity to enjoy a mindful moment until the signal switches back to green.