Understanding the New Zealand Road Code

A course to help speakers of English as a second language to gain their learner's licence and drive safely in New Zealand.

Learn about New Zealand’s road rules
Study for the Learner Driver Theory Test
For people with English as a Second Language

Join our ESOL Road Code course

Do you speak English as a second language, and need help gaining your drivers licence?
English Language Partners can help!

The ESOL Road Code course prepares English learners to take their learner driver theory test, and to understand the road rules so they can drive safely in New Zealand.

Topics include: road signs, navigating roundabouts, intersections and pedestrian crossings, changing lanes, parking, following directions and responding in an emergency.

The programme handbook provides lesson maps outlining the topic, learning outcomes, suggested resources, lesson ideas and follow up tasks. Lesson content comes from the official New Zealand Road Code, Driving Test EZY book and DVD, and a variety of online resources and practice tests.

This programme is delivered intensively over 4 -10 weeks (depending on your starting level). We have in-class and online options available.

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How much does it cost?

Many of our programmes are free. There is a small cost for some of our classes.If you are a PELT student, your class course cost and admin fee will be deducted from the money you pre-paid Immigration New Zealand for English lessons (PELT).  Ask at your English Language Partners’ centre.

When are the lessons?

If you choose to learn at home, you can decide lesson times with your teacher. This is usually from 1.5 to 2 hours and most students have two lessons each week.

How long can I learn for?

English for Migrants You can study for as long as you have tuition money available. We recommend that your first contract is for a minimum of 26 hours.

Once you have used your Pre-purchased English Language Tuition money, you can consider joining another English class with ELP - as long as you are a New Zealand resident or citizen, classes are FREE to join!

What will I learn?

If you decide to learn at home through our English for Migrants Home Teacher programme, you can discuss with your teacher what you want to learn. They will make a programme with you. Lessons are designed to help you with everyday life and work in New Zealand.

For example, things like getting a driver’s licence or making an appointment to see the doctor. You can also learn about your town or city and about ‘Kiwi’ culture.

The teacher will bring teaching resources to the lesson.

If you choose to use your PELT tuition money to join a class, we have many different English class options available, for all levels and needs.

You can join the "ESOL Road Code" course if you:

  • live in New Zealand
  • are a New Zealand resident visa holder or citizen
  • speak English as a second language
  • are 16 years or older

Complete the form on this page, and our staff will contact you as soon as possible with more information.

About English Language Partners

We have 22 centres and teach over 7,000 students in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our English courses help people feel welcome and settle into everyday life and work here.

We are not-for-profit, and all our courses are free or low cost for former refugees and migrants.

Polina Belenitskaia


If I hadn't taken your Road Code courses, I wouldn't have gotten my driver's license for another million years. After your lessons, it turned out to be very simple, in 10 minutes I got my first driver's license in my life!

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