Smoking is banned in most public areas including shopping malls, public transport, workplaces, and bars and restaurants, although some bars and restaurants have outdoor smoking areas.

The legal age for entry into pubs, bars and clubs in New Zealand where alcohol is served is 18 years of age. You must produce identification stating your age. A passport or a driver’s license will be accepted.

You can begin to learn to drive in New Zealand at 16 years of age. If you have an international drivers licence, you can drive in New Zealand and hire rental cars. If you want to hire a car, please check with the rental car company what the minimum age a driver must be before they can hire a car. You must show the rental car company your licence.

It is against the law to buy, sell, use or possess certain drugs including marijuana, methamphetamine and ecstasy in New Zealand.


At some point, you will experience ‘cultural differences’ when you come to a foreign country. This is a normal reaction and lots of students have experienced it. The best way to avoid this is to be aware of basic customs and culture of New Zealand before you leave your country so that you can minimize the shock. Please talk to one of our friendly experienced staff. They can advise you and offer support.