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Thames Driver Training instructor, Gavin Buchanan, runs AA Defensive Driving Certificate courses in Thames and Waihi. 

In-house Defensive Driving Certificate courses for your school, workplace or organisation are also available by request in the Thames/Coromandel, Hauraki regions.

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The course is held over four sessions from 6 - 8pm


  • 18 June Tuesday

  • 20 June Thursday

  • 25 June Tuesday

  • 27 June Thursday

Waihi Course Venue:
Waihi Memorial Hall
41 Seddon St

Course fee $245


Course numbers are limited. Please register and make payment to secure your place.

This course is held over four sessions from 6 - 8pm


  • 22 July Monday

  • 24 July Wednesday

  • 29 July Monday

  • 31 July Wednesday

Thames Course Venue:
Jack McLean Centre
707-799 Rolleston St

Course fee $245

Course numbers are limited. Please register and make payment to secure your place.

AA defensive driving ceRtificate courses

thames & waihi 

- Get your full licence 6 months earlier

- learn to be a safer driver

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Thames Defensive Driving Course
Waihi Defensive Driving Course

Want us to email you when future Defensive Driving course dates are released?  
Easy, just click here to be advised.

The AA Defensive Driving Course fee of $245 covers;

  • 9 hours learning time in total held over 4 two hour group sessions in the evening.

  • One on one driver tuition for one hour in the comfort of your own car with your course facilitator and professional Driving Instructor, Gavin Buchanan at Thames Driver Training.

  • AA Defensive Driving Course Certificate (NZQA approved - great for your CV too!).

  • Workbook and course materials to keep


how to register

  1. Go to the online course registration form (below)
    Select the course location and dates you want to enrol for (Thames, Waihi etc)

  2. Fill out the online registration form using your legal name on your driving licence (even if it is not your preferred name)

  3. Payment details and dates etc will be sent automatically by email when you register. Your place will be confirmed once payment is received. Course numbers are limited. To make sure you get the course date and location you want, please register and make payment as soon as possible.

What to bring:

  • Yourself

  • A pen

  • Your current drivers Licence

Registration Form
Defensive Driving Registration Form

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future defensive driving courses

Want to know when the next Defensive Driving course is?
Pop your name and contact details on the form below to be emailed when our next course dates are, as soon as we know. 

Thanks for your interest in doing an AA Defensive Driving course with us. We'll let you know by email when new course dates are released.

AA Defensive Driving Course

in-house defensive DRiving courses

Are you a school, workplace or community organisation wanting to arrange your own in-house (or off-site) Defensive Driving Certificate course?

Thames Driver Training has run in-house Defensive Driving Courses for many businesses and organisations including Ngati Maru, Newmont, Waihi College, Whangamata Area School and Katikati College

Please contact Gavin Buchanan directly to discuss scheduling your own Defensive Driving (or Learner Licence) course in the Thames, Coromandel, Hauraki area.

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