Funny Road Signs in New Zealand

New Zealand knows a thing or two about safety on the road.

And they’ve got a funny way of reminding you too. Have you ever taken notice of the road signs in New Zealand? For your safety (and entertainment), I sure hope so because it’s by far the quirkiest we’ve ever seen. They don’t get much more creative than this!

1-keep-left
A constant (and helpful) reminder for us!

2-belts-on

Q’s personal favorite

3-drive-tired

4-drive-drugged

5-drive-wise

6-drive-alcohol

The bird series are our fave. Only seen in the Rotorua area.

7-drive-sober

8-drink-die

Scary.. but true.

9-let-pass

10-sleep-before-drive
A friendly reminder..

11-speeding-no-excuses

12-tired-nap

13-text-drive-die

14-legend
Can anybody explain this one to us?

15-jonahs
Still don’t know what a Jonah is.

We spent an entire month road trippin’ from North Island to South Island. You can be sure we saw and took pictures of a lot of road signs. At a certain point, it became like a game — who can spot the sign from a distance first. What can I say, the drives were long. Nevertheless, it made the trip entertaining.

Where have you seen some funky signs while driving on the road?

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16 Responses to Funny Road Signs in New Zealand

  1. Thai Chu February 23, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Jonah is a famous NZ rugby player, although that then makes avoiding trains sound like a fun game.

    • The World of Deej February 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      Awesome….of course, I’d be distracted by the signs and probably get in a wreck…

      • Kieu - GQ trippin February 24, 2012 at 10:37 am #

        I was definitely distracted. Lol. Good thing there were hardly any cars on the road. ;)

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin February 24, 2012 at 3:40 am #

      makes lotta sense now..

  2. Travel Diaries February 23, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    This is actually a clever way of doing road signs. It’s much more interesting that your usual boring signs. Plus, it’s a great way for children to learn the rules of the road as well!

  3. Becs February 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    NZ and Australia have some really realistic and in your face ads both on billboards and on the telly about drinking and driving. At first they were pretty shocking, but then I got used to them. Too bad they can’t be as in your face here in the US!
    The 2nd from the bottom ad is in regards to those who stop others from drinking and driving are hailed as heroes.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin February 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      We didn’t see a lot of signs in Australia. But that could be because we took a lot of 12 hour overnight bus rides. Lol. The US needs to get more creative, that’s for sure.

  4. Andi Perullo February 24, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Hahaha I love this collection!

  5. Si @thedepartureboard.com February 25, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    It’s been 10 years since I toured NZ, looks like they have updated their signs. I’m sure they weren’t like that. You would have thought they would have used a Kiwi for the bird??

    Love the blog, kind regards, Si

    • Kieu - GQ trippin February 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      oOo.. What sort of signs did they have 10 years ago? Yes, I thought the same with the Kiwi bird. Maybe we didn’t drive far enough to see those. Lol. Thanks for trippin’ by, Si!

  6. Kim February 26, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    The ‘Bloody Legend’ ad campaign is a really successful tv ad aimed at teens. (You can find it on youtube under ‘Legend’!) It’s so well liked because it’s realistic, easy to relate to and, most importantly, humourous! It’s so popular some phrases from that ad has been added on to Tshirts and what not LOL. So most Kiwis driving along seeing that billboard would get it :)

    • Kieu - GQ trippin February 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      oOooo.. We couldn’t figure it out at all but I guess that makes sense now. lol thanks!

  7. 77235 March 17, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    jonah is a rugby player!

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