Young Driver programmes

​​​​​​​​​​Drivers on their restricted licence are 7 times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash than any other drivers. Data also shows that young restricted drivers are more at risk of having a serious crash in the first 6 to 12 months of driver solo than at any other time in their lives. The increased risk is partly due to driver inexperience.

Over the ten year period from 2006 - 2016 there was a total of 111 serious injury crashes involving young drivers in the Rotorua district - of these, 18 resulted in fatalities.

Driver Directions​


Driver Directions is a FREE programme to strengthen novice drivers' vital skills for safe driving, held during the school holidays each yearThe one-day course is held at the Rotorua Kart Sport track at Off Road NZ in Mamaku. The course is a hands-on lesson with Police assistance.

This course is supported by Off Road NZ and Rotorua Kart Sport Development Trust.

What happens on the day:

Driver Directions attendees will meet reputed driving coaches who will take them through a series of activity stations that focus on:

  • Parallel parking
  • Reversing using mirrors
  • Braking awareness
  • Urban driving experience​s
  • Vehicle awareness - is your seat in a safe position?
  • Insight driving - crash avoidance and hazard detection
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Road rules and the DRIVE smart phone app

The attendees also get an opportunity to drive the race track with a qualified driving instructor. ​


  • The Driver Directions programme is for young drivers who hold a Learner or Restricted Licence.
  • Must provide own vehicle with current WOF and registration, and that your vehicle is insured for the young driver.
  • Must be accompanied by a parent/adult/caregiver who has held a full NZ drivers licence for at least 2 years.​


  • Rotary Rotorua
  • NZ Police
  • Off Road NZ
  • Rotorua Kart Sport Development Trust
  • Rotorua Ford & Mazda
  • Dawson Insurance​
  • 50Fifty Traffic Management
  • St John
  • Rotorua Forest Haulage
  • Southpac Trucks Limited


Register for a Driver Directions course using the registration form below. 

For further information or assistance phone Rotorua Lakes Council 07 348 4199 or email

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Have you attended a Driver Directions event before?
Page reviewed: 17 May 2021 1:06pm