Dave Burghardt

Teaching Areas: Tauranga, Mt Maunganui
Vehicle: Automatic 2019 Suzuki Swift GLX

Manual lessons can be taught in student's car

Personal pronouns: He/Him

Top 10 Instructors of the Year 2021


Hi. My name is Dave.

I've been an AA Driving Instructor in Tauranga since 2014 and a few years back was lucky enough to be awarded the AA's "NZ Instructor of the Year".

My wife and I live in Bethlehem. Our sons previously attended Bellevue Primary, Otumoetai Intermediate and Tauranga Boys College. Like a lot of parents, I was involved in coaching sports - mainly men’s and women’s basketball. These days I play a lot of tennis and golf.

My training style is informal and informative. Students enjoy their lessons and gain confidence quickly. Each and every lesson has a positive outcome. I have provided over 8000 lessons in the Tauranga area and appreciate that each student is unique. Everyone is busy these days so I try to offer lessons most weekends.

Reviews 5 Star Rating


Patient, energetic and kind man who can really pack a lot of useful information and tips into the 1 hour lesson. I would highly recommend this instructor for everyone who is considering taking their restricted test as there were a lot of little obstacles and tricky spots throughout Tauranga that would easily cause me to fail a restricted license test had Dave not taught me how to avoid tripping over them. I am still yet to sit a restricted license test however i feel far more confident about it after doing a practice with Dave.


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