Alert Level 1: Our driving school is open. FACE MASKS will still be required and must be worn by both the Instructor and the Learner.  We are following Ministry of Health guidelines and continue to review our programme.

Take your Learn-2-Drive Journey with us...

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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
  • Payment plan of $30 per week

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 this is the package for you. Over 7 weeks you will receive:

Community Services Cardholders:

  • 1 x Driving Assessment
  • 5 x Driving Lessons
  • 1 x Mock Test

Total cost: $355.00

Note: Learning to drive is an individual process, extra lessons ($55 per lesson ) may be required if recommended.

No community Services Card:

  • 1 x Driving Assessment:  $60
  • 5 x Driving Lessons:  $60 each
  • 1 x Mock Test:  $25

 Total cost: $385.00


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

If you have failed the Restricted before, or are almost ready – take this package.  Over 4 weeks you will receive

Community Services Cardholder:

  • 1 x Driving Assessment: $55
  • 2 x Driving Lessons: $55 each
  • 1 x Mock Test: $25

Total cost: $190.00

No Community Services Card:

  • 1 x Driving Assessment: $60
  • 2 x Driving Lessons: $60 each
  • 1 x Mock Test: $25

Total cost: $205.00


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 8532192 or book online

Services & Pricing

Our Services

  • Driving lessons
  • Mock tests
  • Practice programme
  • Street Talk- Defensive Driving


Driving Assessment (1 hour)

    • Community Services Card: $55
    • No Community Services Card: $60

Driving Lessons (1 hour)

    • Community Services Card: $55
    • No Community Services Card: $60
  • Book 3 lessons and get your Mock Test for $25
  • 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
  • Payment plans start from $30 per week

International Conversion Package

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

Tania Pointon(P2D Manager)

Phone: 07 853 2192

Patricia Novoa(P2D Coordinator)

Phone: 07 853 2192


Thank you to our Funders

t: +64 7 853 2192
f: +64 7 853 0469

Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust
46G Boundary Road, Claudelands Park, Hamilton 3214, PO Box 4340,
Hamilton 3247, New Zealand

© Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust 2018

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