Defensive driving courses

per person

Get your full licence 6 months earlier

Attend the NZTA-approved AA Defensive Driving Course to fast track you to your full licence more quickly, increase your chances of passing your driving test first time around and become a safer driver.

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Why attend a defensive driving course

Whether you’re on your learner or restricted licence, you can reduce the time it takes to get your full licence by six months when you complete an NZTA approved AA Defensive Driving Course.  This means you could apply for your full licence as early as 17½ years old.

The AA Defensive Driving Course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to be a smarter and safer driver.  You’ll learn important defensive driving skills, such as assessing and identifying hazards, so you can reduce the risk of being in a crash.

The course takes 9 hours to complete and includes:

  • 4 classroom sessions
  • 1 in-car session
  • Access to the online driver training system
Facts & Figures

Restricted licence pass rates
for under 20's

People who attend a defensive driving course are 10% more likely to pass their driving test the first time.

16 year olds
956 total



17 year olds
1,585 total



18 year olds
1,092 total



19 year olds
787 total




Tap/Rollover each figure to see what a difference an AA DDC made to the January 2015 pass rates.

AA Defensive Driving Course locations

City/townSuburbStreet address
North Shore Long Bay Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre, 1045 Beach Road, Long Bay
North Shore Albany AA Traveller office, Building 2, 61 Constellation Drive, Albany
North Shore  Glenfield Glenfield College, 60 Kaipatiki Road, Glenfield
North Shore  Northcote/Takapuna YMCA Northcote, 5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Central Auckland Mt Roskill AA Centre, 6A Carr Road, Mt Roskill
Central Auckland Penrose/Ellerslie AA Penrose, 419 Great South Road, Penrose
Central Auckland Parnell Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell 
Central Auckland Mount Albert UNITEC, Building 115, 139 Carrington Road, Mount Albert
East Auckland Howick Uxbridge Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge road, Howick 
East Auckland Pakuranga  Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga 
South Auckland Manukau AUT, South campus, ME block, 640 Great South Road, Manukau
West Auckland Westgate AA Centre, 14 Westgate Drive, Westgage Shopping Centre
Whangarei Whangarei People Potential, 17 Keyte Street, Kensington
Thames Thames Jack McLean Recreation Centre, Thames High School, 737 Rolleston St, Thames
Kerikeri Kerikeri Kerikeri High School. Hone Heke Road, Kerikeri
Christchurch Sydenham AA Sydenham, Cnr Brougham Street and Buchan Street
Christchurch Riccarton Harcourts, 88 Division Street, Riccarton, Christchurch
Hamilton Hamilton City WINTEC, Bill Gallagher Centre, Gate 3 off Tristram Street
Hamilton Hamilton East Waikato Migrant Resource Centre, 46G Boundary Road, Claudelands
Rotorua Rotorua AA Rotorua, 1121 Eruera Street, Rotorua
Lower Hutt Lower Hutt Russel Keown House, 1 Knights Road, Lower Hutt
New Plymouth Taranaki YMCA Taranaki, 83 Liardet Street, New Plymouth
New Plymouth Taranaki BLENNZ (Flight House), New Plymouth Girls High School
Whanganui Whanganui New Zealand Red Cross, 110 Guyton Street, Whanganui
Waihi Waihi Waihi Memorial Hall, 41 Seddon St, Waihi
Palmerston North Palmerston North AA Centre, 227 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
Wellington Porirua Mana College, Awarua Street, Eldson, Porirua
Wellington  Wellington Central Multicultural Learning & Support Services, 39 Web Street, Mt Cook, Wellington
Wellington  Johnsonville Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville, Wellington
Wellington  Karori Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori
Wellington  Kapiti Coast Te Newhanga Kapity Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu
Wellington Thorndon St Mary's College, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon
Wellington Whitby, Porirua Whitby Bowling Club, Discovery Drive, Adventure Park, Porirua
Wellington Tawa Tawa Community Centre, Linden Room, 5 Cambridge Street, Tawa

Who can attend

Learner licence holders

Doing the course while you have your learner licence will help you pass your restricted licence test. It includes a one hour in-car session which develops your driving skills. People who have attended a defensive driving course are more likely to pass their restricted test on their first try. You’ll be able to attend a defensive driving course once you’ve had your learner licence and some driving experience.

If you complete a DDC while on your learner or restricted licence, it will mean you reduce the time you're required to spend on your restricted licence by 6 months.

Restricted licence holders

People who have attended a defensive driving course are 10% more likely to pass their full licence test on the first try. It also reduces the time you’ll spend on your restricted licence by 6 months. If you're over 25, the time on your restricted licence is reduced from 6 months to 3 months.

Full licence holders

Even full licence holders benefit from completing the AA Defensive Driving Course. If you're a police recruit, a court referral, completing a Police Diversion programme or want to refresh your driving knowledge and skill base, you’ve come to the right place. The AA Defensive Driving Course is designed specifically for you.

What it includes

4 classroom sessions

We use a state of the art online learning system that shows real-life driving situations filmed on New Zealand roads during the theory sessions.  The course has informative DVDs and discusses various scenarios, observations and hazards to improve understanding

1 in-car session

This helps identify any bad habits you may have picked up and provides you with the skills and abilities to address them before you take your practical driving test.  The instructor will take you through a practice full licence test and give you advice on how to pass comfortably.

If you finish all the coursework and the practical drive within 60 days after the last classroom session, you’ll get your certificate at the end.

Online learning

When you attend an AA Defensive Driving Course you get full access to this state of the art programme that you can use from your home computer.

It focuses on driving skills, such as visual search and situation awareness that are directly linked to crash risk. eDrive shows real-life driving situations filmed on NZ roads with you right in the driver’s seat.

You'll learn the skills you need to make you a better driver, including how to:

Search and eye scan while you drive
Assess and identify hazards
Watch out for factors which cause the most crashes

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