COVID-19 ORANGE – Our Driving School is open to the public by appointment only.
Book online or at the Settlement Centre Waikato on weekdays from 9am-5pm.

FACE MASKS will be required to access our driving services.
Please visit for up to date information on COVID-19 Protection Framework.

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Passport 2 Drive is still working under the COVID – 19 Protection Framework -Traffic light, Orange. To ensure the health and safety of our staff and clients we continue to review and update our policies with guidance from the government. Wearing a mask is still mandatory when coming to the Settlement Centre Waikato and while driving with us unless you have an exemption (please show this to our staff). ‘My Vaccine Passport’ is no longer required to sit the VTNZ practical driving test or to have a lesson with Passport 2 Drive.
If you are sick, please contact us to reschedule your lesson.
We thank you for your continued patience and support during this time.




About us

Getting your Driver’s Licence is the “Passport” to a successful future.

Driving legally opens up so many possibilities and enables independence, job security and freedom.

Passport 2 Drive is NZ’s first Community Driving School.  The funding we receive enables us to offer Driver Education at reduced rates.

All our Instructors are NZTA recognised and are ‘I-endorsed’, so you can be sure of high quality driving instruction.

The cost of your Learn-to-Drive journey will depend on what driving level you are at:

Please note: All new clients must first take a Driving Assessment with our Instructors. (Driving Assessments are 50min, with a 10min debrief and a referral to a driving programme that best fits your needs.)
Beginner - (little or no experience)

Beginner Level

Please note: Due to high demand, there is a waiting list (approx 4-6 weeks)

Successfully passing your Restricted Test takes time, energy and commitment.  Often, the barrier to getting your licence is finding a driving supervisor who is willing to take you driving often, and has the patience and skills to teach you.

Our Practice Programme provides the following:

  • Driving Supervisor/Mentor for 2 sessions per week
  • Vehicle to practice in
  • Progress checks with a qualified Driving Instructor
  • Weekly payment plan 

Note: Total cost according to the rate of individual leaner progress


Intermediate - (have good vehicle control, but need more confidence with parking and driving in traffic)

Intermediate Level

If you have driven before (10-20 hours) then the following weekly driving training is best for you:

Community Services Cardholders:

  • 1 x Driving assessment: $65
  • 5 x Driving lessons: $65 each
  • 1 x Pre test check: $65

Total cost: $455

Note: This is just an estimation, the total amount of lessons needed will depend on each leaner and their progress. 



Advanced - (confident driver who needs fine-tuning to pass the Restricted Test)

Advanced Level

If you have failed the Restricted licence test before, or are almost ready the following weekly driving training is best for you:

Community Services Cardholder:

  • 1 x Driving assessment: $65
  • 2 x Driving lessons: $65 each
  • 1 x Pre test check:$65

Total cost: $260

Note: This is just an estimation, the total amount of lessons needed will depend on each leaner and their progress. 

We can book your test at our location when you are ready for it.  We provide advice, support and encouragement to get your “Passport to Drive”!


Call us now on 07 853 0463 or book online

Services & Pricing

Our Services

  • Driving lessons
  • Pre test checks
  • Practice programme


Driving Assessment: $65 (1 hour)
Driving Lessons $65 (1 hour)
Vehicle hire for your NZTA Test onsite: $50

  • Language support may be funded
  • Work and Income Assistance may be available
  • If you qualify for our Practice Programme, we can arrange an “Easy Pay” system over a number of weeks
  • Weekly payment plan

International Conversion

If you are driving on an International Licence, this is only valid for 12 months from your date of arrival in New Zealand.

To qualify for a Full NZ Driver’s Licence, you must have completed the conversion process before your international licence expires.

The process can be complicated, so let us guide and support you through it.

If your original Driver’s Licence is not in English, you will need to get it translated. 

Open Road: Driver Training for Former Refugees

The Open Road programme aims to help refugee background people to get their restricted licence. 

Being able to learn to drive is important to many former refugees for access to work, as well as to support greater participation in their wider communities.  Having your licence supports longer terms goals of employment and independence. Learning to drive can be difficult without a car or a person to help teach driving skills.  A driving licence is seen as a huge step in settling into new communities and functioning independently.

Over 12-16 weeks, learners have a number of lessons from a qualified driving instructor then sit a mock test.

Volunteers are needed to help mentor former refugee learner drivers. You’ll be given training and use of a dual controlled car, and have the chance to make a real difference in their new life in New Zealand. For further information or to register your interest.

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The programme is a co-funded initiative by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, and is based on NZTA’s Community Driver Mentor Programme.

Our Staff/ Contact Us

Patricia Novoa(P2D Team Lead)
Phone: 07 853 0463

A Service of Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust –

Thank you to our Funders

Settlement Centre Waikato
46G Boundary Road
Claudelands Park
Hamilton 3247

Hi, I’m Jackie. I have worked with Migrant Employment solutions since 2015 and it is the most exciting and satisfying job I could ever wish for. I constantly meet wonderful new clients starting out on their search for a job in New Zealand and settling into the Kiwi lifestyle. The enthusiasm and dedication they show towards the journey never ceases to amaze me. My role is to work with skilled migrants seeking employment and build relationships and networks with employers and recruiters.


Hi I’m Susan and I have been supporting skilled migrants on their journey into the New Zealand workforce for a number of years so I understand the challenges that many face when looking for work in a very different environment. I really enjoy the chance to meet and spend time getting to know our clients, tailoring our service to meet their individual job seeking needs until they secure meaningful employment. For me, the best part of my job is meeting amazing job seekers from all over the world with great qualifications and work experience who really want to settle here and contribute to the Hamilton economy.


Kia ora, my name is Aroha and I have been working with Migrant Employment Solutions since 2016. I thoroughly enjoy supporting and working with clients from all over the world, using their great skills and experience plus our knowledge of the New Zealand job market to find employment. Being a part of my clients employment journey is very rewarding and as a (fairly) recent graduate myself, I know firsthand the struggles and rewards that come with finding a job you love.