Street Talk Defensive Driving Course - suitable for highschool students or individuals looking to further their training and reduce full licence wait time.

Company Road Safety Defensive Driving Course - for company's wanting to reduce crash risk for staff driving company vehicles and for NZ Police/Court referrals.

Street Talk Defensive Driving Courses Queenstown

To book, email Rachael who runs this NZTA certified and approved advanced driving skills course. Participants learn skills that will reduce the likelihood of them being involved in a crash such as visual search and scanning while driving, hazard detection and risk management. The course reduces the full licence wait time by 6 months (if you are aged under 25 years of age), or by 3 months (if you are aged 25 years of age and over). The course gives participants the tools required to drive defensively for life.

This course is 9 hours in duration and includes:

  • 4 classroom sessions (2 hours each)
  • 1 in-car practical drive session

To successfully complete this course you need to attend all four sessions in the correct order and the one hour practical drive. The practical drive is the perfect pre-test refresher and we cover hazard detection and response which is in the full licence test.  The practical drive needs to be taken within 8 weeks of session 4. At the completion of your practical drive we will sign off your completed Street Talk logbook and issue you with a certificate as proof of course completion.

The defensive driving course is open to anyone on their learners, restricted or full licence. Those on their learner licence should have some driving experience and be close to sitting their restricted licence test. 


Buzz Stop Cafe, Hansen Road, Frankton. 

January Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 31st January
Session 2: Wednesday 2nd February
Session 3: Monday 7th February
Session 4: Wednesday 9th February

March Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 21st March
Session 2: Wednesday 23rd March
Session 3: Monday 28th March
Session 4: Wednesday 30th March

May Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 2nd May
Session 2: Wednesday 4th May
Session 3: Monday 9th May
Session 4: Wednesday 11th May

June Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 27th June
Session 2: Wednesday 29th June
Session 3: Monday 4th July
Session 4: Wednesday 6th July

August Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 1st August
Session 2: Wednesday 3rd August
Session 3: Monday 8th August
Session 4: Wednesday 10th August


The course is $300 per person. Contact Rachael to book -


Note: Minimum course numbers apply

If the above course dates don't work for you, you could get your own private course dates if you get a group organised - Minimum course numbers apply also.


Company/Adult Safe Drive Course

This course can be run for company staff, or we often deliver it as a bespoke one on one course. We have designed a bespoke road safety defensive driving course for adult drivers, specifically for the Otago roads. This course was developed for our local driving conditions and with thorough analysis of NZTA crash statistics. This advanced driver course drills into driver attitudes, search & scanning techniques, hazard identification, driver fatigue, risky driver behaviour and risk tolerance, crash causes, crash statistics, hazard perception. There is also a section on road rules and information on vehicle features such as ABS brakes.

This course is interactive, thought provoking and involves participation, such as discussing crash experiences, near crashes etc. This course is open to employees with a New Zealand Restricted or Full Drivers Licence. This course is also open to individuals or groups and those who have been referred to us as part of the Courts / NZ Police Diversion Scheme.

We have called on a lot of industry experience to develop this course. Dan is a commercial bus driver, former driver licence testing officer and we are both NZTA Qualified driving instructors and members of the New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators. This means we understand driving from practical, technical and legal viewpoints and we are passionate about vehicle safety. In short the goal with our workshops is to create a fun environment where attendees update the road rules and re-learn to be safer drivers, and to make safer driving decisions. This course is aimed to reduce crash risk for everyone, including staff who drive company vehicles on urban and rural roads, and when performing low speed manourvres such as parking. There will be a certificate for attendees stating that they have attended the advanced driving course run by an NZTA certified instructor.

If you have been referred by the NZ Police, are referred by the Courts on the Police Diversion program or just want to improve your skills and awareness, this course is for you. It will teach you improved hazard awareness improve your driving skills for life.



Allow 2.5 hours.



We hold the course at your home or business premises in a meeting/board room or or similar.



1 or 2 people $300 inc gst per person 

Groups 3-9 $200 inc gst per person

Large Group 10+ $150 inc gst for 10+ people.


Resources (for individuals)

Bring a pen, snack and water


Resources (for groups)

We will bring a laptop for the presentation which will need to be displayed on a large screen. In terms of resources we require the following:

  • White board (we can bring this)
  • Large TV with HDMI input
  • If no TV is available we will need a room with a light coloured wall suitable for projecting onto (We will bring a data projector) 
  • Seating around tables for the number of attendees
  • Attendees to each bring a pen
  • Water or refreshments
  • An email in advance with attendees first and last names (correct spelling for printed certificates)

If the large tv or data projector can’t be provided, please notify us at time of booking. We will assume in that there is a suitable wall to project onto unless told otherwise. 


In-vehicle assessment - Add on.

We can also do an in-vehicle employee advanced driving assessment. These are 1 hour in total and designed to further reduce crash risk, vehicle wear and tear and increase fuel efficiency. Coaching and a written report is included. Further training may be recommended if required. This one-on-one driver assessment can be done at any time and can be done separately from the group course. $175.50 inc gst per person.



A twenty percent deposit is required when booking and the balance due within seven days of the course. We could hold the course out of town but would add on a travel charge to cover our travel time and fuel which is $80 inc gst per hour. To register a group for this course call or email Rachael: