I am a qualified professional driving instructor. I am qualified to instruct class 1 (cars) but also trucks & buses (class 2 & 4) and motorbikes (class 6). I am passionate about driving and have extensive experience driving in our southern conditions, having spent several years driving tour coaches down to Milford Sound year round. I'm a dab hand at fitting snow chains and have driven ski transport buses for a number of years, plus driven buses in all conditions over the Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound in Fiordland. 



I am a qualified & professional Driving Instructor and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators (NZIDE). I have had previous experience in the Education and Health Industry. I am a mother of two grown sons. For these reasons I have a real interest and passion for coaching our drivers to be safe on NZ roads. I also believe in helping impart excellent driver 'skills' - this includes early scanning for potential hazards, learning to be a confident 'decision maker' when placed in a variety of driving situations, abiding by the law and being courteous to other road users. I also run our Street Talk defensive driving course. 

I have the belief that it's not necessarily our 'right' to drive on NZ roads but rather that it is a 'privilege' and therefore we should do so safely, courteously and skillfully.

"I was one of those drivers who had been on their restricted for a really really long time. Had I not had a lesson with Rachael I wouldn't have passed. Rachael was just fantastic! So friendly & patient. She explained how my driving test would go & gave me lots of great tips for mastering the hazard identification part of the test as well as correcting some bad habits I had developed. Now I'm a fully licensed driver & I cannot recommend Dan Gerard driving school enough! Thanks Rachael, you're a star!" 

Nicole, September 2017



I am a qualified driving instructor and a member of NZIDE. I offer high quality class 1 driver training in Queenstown. I cover a range of driving lessons starting with instruction for learner drivers who have never driven before, through to advanced driving assessment/coaching for experienced drivers. I hold driving licences in four countries. I have experience driving commercial tour buses and have also been a commercial jet boat and tractor driver. I have extensive experience with winter driving and run winter snow & ice driving courses. I have previously been a driver licence testing officer, so understand not only how to ensure you are driving safely, but also what is legally required for each driving test. 

"Hi Dan, Just thought I would let you know I passed my full licence test! Thank you so much for your help and support, it definitely helped me with the test having the refresher lesson and getting your feedback. Kind regards". Kayla, October 2016



We teach class 1 driving to learner, intermediate and advanced drivers in automatic and manual transmission cars. Rachael also runs our Street Talk defensive driving courses. We give "company advanced driving assessments" and coaching to reduce employee workplace vehicle accidents. Elderly driver assessment - family members, occupational therapists or doctors may refer senior citizens to Dan or Rach for these assessments. 

Contact Dan or Rach to ask how they can help you with your driver licensing or driver training requirements..

  Call:  021-025-790-22        

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