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We offer an innovative approach to driving LESSONS

Learning is easy with OnWheels Driving School!


Trust an

Experienced Instructor

Teaching only

Safe Driving

We are focused on

Individual Approach



Welcome to On Wheels Driving School

On Wheels Driving School (former St John Driving Academy) is the most knowledgeable and experienced Driving School in Northland.

Our Principal Instructor, Carl Winter with 14 years driver training experience overall and a background of 14 years driver testing and 7 years in traffic enforcement. Carl is NZQA qualified and registered, as well as approved facilitator for Street Talk defensive driving. Carl holds a NZQA National Certificate in Adult Education and Training Level 5. Our Administration Team is friendly and ready to help.


As directed by the New Zealand Government and Ministry of Health we will be self isolating from Wednesday 25th March 2020, as the country goes into Level 4 Eliminate COVID-19.

Any student wishing to re-book after the mandatory 4 week period, please call Carl 027 2831535.

We will be here to take your calls and if you feel like booking a driving lesson for the days following the mandatory self isolation period, we are here to help you.

If you would like to talk to us about anything or about booking a place in the May 2020 Street Talk- Defensive Driving Course please call us or email us through our website.

Stay safe New Zealand

Kai kaha

mate atua e manaaki

Carl & Susie Winter




Our Services


Our dual-controlled manual or automatic Mazda 2's are ready for your lessons.

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Our Car or 
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The most knowledgeable and experienced Driving School in Northland.

About Us



1 Hour driving

One hour



  • Individual approach according to your personal goals
  • Auto or manual transmission
  • Our dual controlled car or your own car
  • Free Pick Up and Drop Off in Whangarei Area

5 Hours driving

5 x 1 hour lesson



  • 5 separate driving lessons with a qualified and experienced instructor
  • Auto or manual transmission
  • Our dual controlled car or your own car
  • Free Pick Up and Drop Off in Whangarei Area





  • Street talk 
  • Log Book Hours
  • 16 Students per class maximum
  • 4 Classroom Lessons + Practical Driving Assessments
  • Certificate on completion


Here’s what our customers are saying about us


Why Choose Us?

24/7/365 Scheduling

With our online booking system, you can easily book your lesson any time.

High Pass Rate

Individual approach to each learner driver is the key to success.

At OnWheels driving school we provide education and driver training for all stages of class one (car) licensing.


Whether you are a very beginner or just want to get some extra training before your  full license test - we know how to help you.


Certified Team of Experts

Qualified and experienced instructors only

Affordable Pricing

Looking for a discount? Check our packages and save on bulk price.


Testimonials 5 Star Rating


I highly recommend this driving school to anyone wanting to learn or improve their driving! I've had my learners license for 8 years, and after being a passenger in a crash, I was terrified to even try and drive. Carl was incredibly understanding, patient, and helpful. After 5 lessons I'm now enjoying driving, feeling much more confident, and planning to sit my Restricted test in the near future. Thank so much to Carl and the Team!

Gina van Donk

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