Since the end of November we have traveled over 3000km in both the North and South Islands. During that time we had a number of frightening experiences with tourists' driving. The most serious of these included vehicles not sticking to the left side of the road, especially around corners and my partner being almost wiped out by a car reversing out of a parking spot without looking. Luckily he was able to jump out of the way - a small child or less nimble person could have been seriously injured.
Additionally a family member collided with a campervan which drove straight through a give way sign without slowing down. Both his van and the campervan were written off, ending the tourist's holiday. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.
Also, whilst I get that tourists are keen to take in the views whilst driving, PLEASE, if you wish to travel at 60 or 70km/h on 80-100km/h roads then pull over and let the 10 or 30 cars following pass you. Kiwis will give you a quick toot as a thank you.
I would just like to ask that caution and common sense is not thrown out of the window as soon as you leave your own country. We want you to have a great and SAFE holiday here. Happy travels!