Campervan filmed crossing centre line in Catlins

Alarming footage has captured a Maui campervan driving on the wrong side of the road at about 70km/h in the Catlins.

The campervan was described as "an accident waiting to happen" by motorist Kodi Goodman and his family, who filmed it at Curio Bay in the Catlins on Sunday afternoon.

Goodman can be heard swearing in disbelief in the video, which was posted on Facebook, as the campervan drove on the wrong side of the road around a blind corner.

"What the f**k?" he exclaims.

Goodman said the European couple aged in their 30s driving the campervan appeared unfazed.

"They were probably doing about 70km/h and we just did our best to signal them and get past," Goodman told Fairfax.

"Obviously having kids in the car you just want to get out of there quickly."

He alerted the driver that the campervan was on the wrong side of the road and "they just calmly made their way back across the road as if nothing had happened".

Goodman was stunned by the driver's behaviour.

"There was pretty steady traffic, being a sunny Sunday afternoon, and we were just waiting for someone to come round the corner and hit them," he told Fairfax.

"I've never seen anything like it before."

Goodman believed foreign drivers should be forced to pass a basic road test before being allowed to drive a rental vehicle.

"I expect they've just come over, off the plane, and jumped straight in a campervan. They should at least be told a few road rules before they're allowed to get going."

Tourism Holdings Ltd, which rented the filmed campervan, said the driver had been contacted and "reminded about safe driving in New Zealand, especially staying left," Fairfax reported.

 

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