Gilly Cleland

Teaching Areas: Timaru and Oamaru region

If lesson times don't quite suit, please contact me on 027 5152873 to discuss
Vehicle: Auto 2018 Suzuki Swift

Manual lessons, practice tests and senior drives can be taken in the student’s vehicle

Personal pronouns: She/Her

Has experience teaching students with learning disabilities.


Hi, my name is Gilly.

In a previous life I worked in media and marketing for Mediaworks as their National Rural Manager. I worked with radio, television and magazines including owning “Lattitude”, a lifestyle magazine, in Canterbury.

Outside of work, I’m passionate about walking my three dogs, plus horse riding, farming with my partner.

My students say that I create a relaxing, fun environment where they can understand what it takes to be a safe and risk-aware driver for life. I treat each new driver as an individual and discuss personalised plans to help them respond positively to any challenges on our roads. 

I pride myself in being a great communicator, who is patient and calm and get great joy from seeing my students succeed. When I receive a text from a student to tell me they’ve passed their test it makes this career very rewarding.

I look forward to guiding you on your driving journey.

Reviews 5 Star Rating


Gilly had been instrumental as an instructor on my path to getting back onto the road and being safe. It had been a while since I last practiced my driving and she's been nothing but an amazing teacher, giving clear and concise directions and always with a smile. Would recommend her to anyone that's struggling with confidence behind the wheel and/or is new at driving.


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