Didn't I say the Kiwis are friendly?
He then requested to see hubby's driving license and asked about his occupation and date of birth.
Not wanting to raise the cop's curiosity too much as he did the immigrations officer, hubby said he was a retiree.
"I'm afraid you have gone over the speed limit for this road sir, which is 100 kph. My radar recorded your speed at 122 kph. Where are you headed for?"
"Te Anau... are you on holiday?"
"Unfortunately, I have to write you a ticket and since you have exceeded the limit by 22 kph. the fine will be 170 dollars. I'll explain how you can make the payment after I've finished."
We cringed... 170 dollars! That's about 420 ringgit. Now that is most unfortunate for US - not the policeman nor the NZ economy.
Well... no cruise on the fiord then.
"If you like, you can come with me to my car and check the radar reading", he offered.
I'm not sure if our Malaysian traffic police do this. I know that if our car is captured on speed-camera, the onus is on us to disprove the read-out if we think it's wrong.
When the officer handed us the ticket, he explained that we could pay for it at any branch of the NZ Westpac bank or on-line at the NZ Police website.
Before he walked away, he wished us a very good holiday and to drive safely.
From then on hubby stuck to the speed limit which was always prominently displayed on the roadside especially before a curve, or upon entering a built-up area or a school zone - otherwise I was the one to remind him.
Even that, we were caught a second time because he missed the sign while I was busy fiddling with the GPS.
This time he was doing 79kph in a 50kph zone (being the road was untarred due to maintenance) and because of the bigger difference, the fine was a whopping 230 dollars!
That was another huge contribution to the NZ economy. After that, no more... hubby drove like a little old lady, and if not for the splendid scenery everywhere we went he would have fallen asleep at the wheel many, many times.
So anyone who is taking a road trip in New Zealand, do drive within the speed limits not only for the sake of your budget but above all for your own safety and that of other road users as well.