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white and yellow side on logo.jpgDan gerard driving instruction

Dan & Rachael Gerard give professional driving lessons in Queenstown, Otago.  We are members of the NZIDE (New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators). We offer quality driving instruction including:

  • Learner driving lessons - for beginner drivers who have never driven before, or for those with some driving experience who need more skills and confidence
  • Intermediate driving lessons - for those wanting to brush up before their restricted license test
  • Street Talk defensive driving course - learn to drive defensively and reduce the wait time for the full licence test
  • Full licence test refresher - for those takig their full license test, includes hazard detection and response
  • Company/Employee Driving Assessment & Coaching - in-vehicle assessment and coaching for employees to reduce driving risk and eliminate bad habits
  • Advanced driving competency assessment - for individuals applying for a DL4 for their licence and require a driving assessment
  • Winter Driving Workshops - classroom theory on vehicle dynamics, winter driving hints, snow chain fitting followed by in-vehicle snow/ice training. 
  • Company Road Safety defensive driving course - classroom group discussion and seminar to look at causes of crashes, hazards awareness & scanning techniques, driver fatigue, risk tolerence, tips to reduce minor and major crashes etc.
  • Rental car customers - familiarisation with driving on the left side of the road and clarification on New Zealand road rules
  • Reversing and parking tuition - simple techniques for confidence in reversing and parallel parking.

Dan & Rach know how to coach their students to drive safely and legally.  They are patient driver trainers and will coach students to drive to a high standard. They are very flexible and offer instruction in your own vehicle, or they can provide modern safe automatic Suzuki Swifts fitted with dual controls for safety. Students can usually be picked up at work, school or home. Please check with us before booking if unsure.


Meeting locations include:

Frankton Bus Shelter                                                         Mitre 10 Mega car park - Frankton Flats                           Noel Leeming carpark - 5 Mile          
Wakatipu High School - Drop off zone               Unichem Remarkables Park Pharmacy (AA Office) Events Centre
DOC office 50 Stanley St - Queenstown      

Note: Due to time constraints we can't pickup Arrowtown, Arthurs Point, Fernhill or Kelvin Heights. We don't recommend the DOC office at 8am due to traffic.

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 (Some 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 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 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.

Company/Employee Driving Assessment & Coaching: When employees are driving company vehicles, it's now common 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 but may be 1.25 hours if you need to include rural roads. Coaching and a written report is included. Further training may be recommended if individuals require it.

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)

  • Snow chain fitting lessons (1-2 hour). Basic fitting, use and removal of snow chains. Suitable for 1-10 people.
  • Full Snow chain workshops (2-4 hour). Fitting, use and removal of snow chains plus advice on driving on snow/ice roads. 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.
  • Winter Driving workshops (4-8 hour) For individuals or company staff, anyone driving in snow/ice/grit conditions. Group instruction on vehicle dynamics of accelerating, braking and cornering theory, 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 groups up to 1-4 people, maximum 2 groups per day. Your vehicle MUST have correct fitting road-worthy snow chains. 

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, tips to reduce minor and major crashes and more. 

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 who the voucher is for, who it is from (eg: Mum & Dad or Sandy & Pete) and the quantity of lessons required ( Minimum 2-6 maximum). You will receive an invoice and gift voucher by email: info@drivinginstruction.co.nz We will get back to you with prices and answer any questions. Gift vouchers are valid for 1 year.



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