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white and yellow side on logo.jpgDan gerard driving instruction

Dan & Rachael Gerard give professional driving lessons in Queenstown, New Zealand.  We offer high quality 60 minute driving lessons for $80 each. Prepaid blocks of 6 lessons are available $450. To book just click on "Book Now Page".



Please install the NZ Covid Tracer App on your phone and scan our QR-Code at the start of your lesson. 
If you develop any symptoms we ask you to postpone your driving lessons. 

We can still operate during level 2 however your instructor may wear a mask. With the Red Light setting, clients must bring and wear their own mask. Click here for more info.


With recent confirmations of New Zealand moving  to the covid-19 traffic light system, we must implement an important mandated change for driving lessons as per below. 

Scan My Vaccine Pass

From 3 December 2021, a driver educator with less than 1 metre social distancing is expected to request a vaccination certificate or My Vaccine Pass. Please ensure you have either a printed copy or “My Vaccine Pass” app on your phone, as we need to verify one of these with the NZ Pass Verifier App at the start of  each lesson.

You must show your My Vaccine Pass for all driving lesson after 3rd December.


Without My Vaccine Pass

A driving school cannot operate if it chooses not to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements. Therefore in accordance with these requirements, it will now be a requirement to be vaccinated and show proof.

You will also be expected to scan in on the “NZ Covid Tracer” app at the start of the lesson as normal.


Meeting locations include:

Frankton Bus Shelter                                                         Mitre 10 Mega car park                           Noel Leeming carpark         
Wakatipu High School - Drop off zone               AA Office outside Unichem Remarkables Park Pharmacy     Events Centre carpark
DOC Office - 50 Stanley St, Queenstown      

Note: Due to time constraints we can't pickup Arrowtown, Arthurs Point, Sunshine Bay, Jacks Point, Fernhill or Kelvin Heights. 

Driving Lessons Available:

Learner Driving Lessons (Never driven): The driving school offers new drivers the chance to learn the controls and basic techniques including steering, cornering, accellaration speed control and observation. These lessons start from the very first lesson in a modern automatic Suzuki Swift fitted with dual controls for safety. 

Learner Driving Lessons (A little driving experience): Assessment will be given to drivers with some experience who require lessons. A range of additional lessons are offered to build the required skills of drivers and grow their confidence. Lessons include emergency braking, hill driving, handbrake starts, gear changing, correct lateral position, give way rules, and many other techniques to reduce the risk of accidents. 

Intermediate Driving lessons: Those needing to sit their restricted licence driving test test need to be able to consistantly demonstrate to the testing officer correct observation skills such as scanning, mirrors and head checks and perform simple manoeuvres such as turning left, pulling out from the kerb, or turning right across traffic while selecting appropriate safe gaps and maintaining road position. They must also be able to perform more advanced manoeuvres such as merges, lane changes, diverging around hazards, three point turns and reverse parallel parking. 

Street Talk defensive driving course: This course teaches safe defensive driving and will reduce the wait time for the full licence test. Those under 25 years of age have their wiat time reduced from 18 months to 12 months. Those 25 years of age or older have their full licence wait time reduced from 6 months to 3 months.

Full licence Test Refresher Anyone going to take their full licence driving test will need to brush up on their knowledge, ensure they have not picked up any bad habits. We also cover hazard detection and hazard responses which is an important aspect of this more intensive test.

Employee Driving Assessment & Coaching: When employees are driving company vehicles it's now common for Health & Safety reasons to have their driving assessed to reduce the workplace vehicle crash risk and increase fuel efficiency. Sessions with our NZTA approved driving instructors are usually 1 hour duration. Coaching and a written report is included. 

Advanced Driving Competency Assessment: For Individuals who are applying to NZTA for a DL4 Exemption to reduce time for their licence or P-Endorsement. Both Dan and Rach are approved instructors for this testing which takes 1 hour. You will be taken over a predetermined route and if your driving is satisfactory you will be issued with a certificate. If your driving is of an unsatisfactory standard you may require further training before being reassessed. 

Specialist Winter Driving Courses: (Please contact Dan about winter courses - dan@drivinginstruction.co.nz)

  • Option 1. Snow chain fitting lessons (1-2 hour). Fitting, use and removal of snow chains. Suitable for individuals or small groups.
  • Option 2. Snow chain workshops + Winter driving theory (3-4 hour). Fitting, use and removal of snow chains plus advice on driving on snow/ice roads. Group instruction on vehicle dynamics of accelerating, braking and cornering theory, skid avoidance, plus winter driving best practice including reasons for loss of control. . Chain fitting can include either ladder, easyfit, or quickgrip type snow chains. Includes practicing fitting snow chains to your own car. Suitable for 1-16 people.
  • Option 3. Full Winter Driving workshops (6-8 hour) Snow chain workshop + winter driving theory + driving vehicles up in the snow. For anyone driving in snow/ice/grit conditions. Includes vehicle dynamics of accelerating, braking and cornering, skid avoidance, plus winter driving best practice including reasons for loss of control. Followed by full snow chain demonstration including fitting, use and removal of snow chains. Then head up into the snow for in-vehicle snow/ice driving using your own or your company vehicle (NOT suitable for rear wheel drive vehicles). Suitable for to 1-6 people per day. Maximum 4 pax in a vehicle, therefore the in-vehicle session can have a maximum 3 clients in the car at one time. Your vehicle MUST have correct fitting road-worthy snow chains. Winter Driving Workshop Cancellation Policy: Deposit is non-refundable. Payment may be transferred if postponed due to weather.

Adult/Company Road Safety defensive driving courses - classroom group discussion and seminar to look at causes of crashes, crash statistics, hazard awareness, driver attitudes and behaviour, scanning techniques, latest parking techniques, driver fatigue, risk tolerence, road rules quiz, tips to reduce minor and major crashes and more. Also for adults referred by the Courts or NZ Police diversion scheme.

Reversing and Parking Tuition: Safe and simple techniques for general parking including 90 degree supermarket parking and reverse parallel parking. These techniques will build confidence and significantly reduce the risk of damage to your car. 

Rental car customers - One hour coaching sessions to overseas visitors wanting to hire a car in New Zealand who wish to have a familiarisation on our roads and clarify any road rules first. We also offer assessment for rental car companies needing to have their customer's driving independantly assessed.



Gift Vouchers can be purchased for friends or family members and make a fantastic present. Please email us and advise:  

1). Who the voucher is for,

2). Who it is from (eg: Mum & Dad or Jane & James)

3). The quantity of lessons required ( Minimum 2).

You will receive an invoice and a gift voucher by email: info@drivinginstruction.co.nz 

We will get back to you and answer any questions. Gift vouchers are valid for 1 year. $80 each lesson or prepaid block of six lessons for $450.



Driving lessons cancelled within 24 hours will still be charged

Students must bring their NZ drivers license to every driving lesson as a legal requirement or the lesson can't continue

Students vehicles brought to a driving lesson must be road legal (rego & wof) and have enough fuel for the lesson