Defensive Driving Course (Palmerston North only)
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Get Your Freedom Faster
Gain Your License Faster

*95% of Excellence Students pass their driving test first time

We train you to gain your license quicker with our experienced driver trainers, in our state of the art driving simulators, as well as on road automatic & manual cars to have you ready for testing in a 3rd of the time.

We not only train faster and to a higher standard than have been previously seen in New Zealand, but our system trains people of varying ages and abilities to drive who have either told themselves or been told that they would not be able to drive.

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For many years people have been saying that NZ’s drivers need better training. 

We believe in providing new drivers (no matter what the age) with better skills to handle situations that arise on the road and improve their driving.

We have found that students who use the whole Excellence Driver Training system gain their licenses quicker, faster and are better drivers.

We can teach you to drive either in the Christchurch and Canterbury area, and Palmerston North, Manawatu and Fielding areas.

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How Can Excellence
Driving Academy Help You?

Why choose Excellence?


Get your license sooner using the Excellence Driver Training system.

  1. Simulator training
  2. Road training
  3. Sit your test
  4. Get your freedom
  5. Be a safer licensed driver


100% risk free safe environment. Be an excellent driver from day one.

  1. Simulator training
  2. Risk Awareness Training
  3. Fully qualified instructors
  4. Striving for Excellence in all drivers


Studies show you learn 3x faster training in a simulator.

  1. Guarantee driving scenarios
  2. No driving to and from site
  3. Practice correct methods
  4. Some students get Restricted in 12 hours total


Remove stress and anxiety by learning one skill at a time.

  1. Stress free environment
  2. One skill at time, not multi-tasking
  3. A range of learning difficulties catered for
  4. You don't even need your Learner's license to start


Excellence taught my son to drive at a higher level than required to pass the test.  
Excellent life long skills to drive competently and confidently.

–Julia E.
Best trainers in NZ. So supportive.
Best results in Mmanawatu with a 95% pass rate first time sitting the restricted test. The simulator is great for anxiety trained me in 6 lessons with just a few on road. Tony is an awesome coach!

–Jen G.
As a late bloomer learning to drive the thought of getting behind the wheel was terrifying. Learning the basics of driving in a simulator in a variety of simulations was ideal for me and helped me gain the confidence needed.

–Jason L.
Paul helped me get my restricted license. He went above and beyond what I would expect from a driving instructor. I felt supported and valued. Not only am I a much better driver than I was before his lessons, I also feel safer on the road. I have the skills and the attitude to stay safe.

– David, Chch

Scared, Anxious or Nervous?
Lost Confidence?
We can train you!

Book your driving lessons at either our Christchurch or Palmerston North branch

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5 Wigan Place
Palmerston North