Gear Up Driver Training


We are currently in the process of re-branding as Drive IQ.

Keep an eye out for our new website coming soon!


Gear Up Driver Training is committed to helping our students become safe and skilled drivers, for the benefit of everyone in our community.


We are a Hawke's Bay based driving school, and offer lessons in Napier, Hastings, Flaxmere, and Havelock North, as well as Wairoa and Central Hawkes Bay by arrangement.


Our passionate driving instructors are NZQA qualified, NZTA approved, and

I-Endorsed, to ensure you receive the best quality driver education possible.

We offer lessons in a range of automatic and manual transmission vehicles, fitted with an instructor's brake pedal on the passengers side, as student safety is a top priority.

Our goal isn't just to teach you how to pass your driving test, it's to make sure every driver we put out on the road is safe, skilled, and confident.


Contact us, or use our online booking system to secure a space!



We offer lessons in a range of different vehicles, including both automatic and manual transmission.

Meet our fleet below!

KURT - Ford Ranger (manual)
JAKE - Toyota Corolla (auto)
KATIE - Toyota Yaris (auto)
BRUCE - Toyota Yaris (auto)
LUCY - Toyota Yaris (auto)


Hear what others have had to say about us!

Cannot recommend them enough! Wouldn’t go to anyone else, they’re THAT good! Thanks for everything guys. You rock!

- Jonique

Amazing amazing company, the instructor took the stress out of lessons and tests, supported my daughter all the way, even taking her to VTNZ for her test. Highly recommended!

- Anne

Wonderful job! Gear Up you take the stress out of it for our daughter & us. She got her confidence from your calm manner and tips. I'm recommending you to everyone. Thanks!

- Suze & Shane

What an awesome and stress free experience!! I purchased the great value $300 package for 5 lessons - and Gear Up will pay for a resit if you fail. This had me sold!! My 16 year old son had a lesson with another company - and hated it! A friend put me onto these guys so I jumped at it. They were so honest, and helpful, working around my son's schooling and job. Today he went for his restricted, passed with flying colours, only to fail the eye test. Stephen went with him to optometrist to get a quick test done so he could get his license today instead of waiting til next week. Then hung round the area just in case he couldn't pass the eye test - so he could take him home. Thank you so much Gear Up Driving - cannot rate you guys high enough!!! You went above and beyond all expectations!

- Sian