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!

A constant (and helpful) reminder for us!


Q’s personal favorite





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



Scary.. but true.


A friendly reminder..




Can anybody explain this one to us?

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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  • Thai Chu

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

    • The World of Deej

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

      • Kieu – GQ trippin

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

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      makes lotta sense now..

  • Travel Diaries

    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!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Much more fun to read than speed limit signs.

  • Becs

    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

      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.

  • Andi Perullo

    Hahaha I love this collection!

  • Si

    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

      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!

      • Si

        They were very much low key!

        • Kieu – GQ trippin

          No birds?! Lol

  • Kim

    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

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

  • 77235

    jonah is a rugby player!