|A few slight modifications to protect my privacy…|
I was, of course, always legal to drive in New Zealand. An American driver’s license is good for 1 year in New Zealand. Why did I get mine so quick? I was tired of being harrassed when trying to purchase a bottle of wine! The legal drinking age here is 18 (ie: nearly a decade younger than I), but they wouldn’t recognize my California DL as identification. My passport would have sufficed, but I find it ridiculous having to carry that around.
So judge me if you will, but one of the reasons (besides making my work happy) I got my NZ license is get my savi, hassle free!