About us

Warkworth Driving Academy is all about helping you feel confident, safe and in control when driving.

We specialise in teaching driving skills to people of all ages in a calm, patient and friendly manner and tailor lessons to each individual’s needs. We understand that everyone learns at a different pace and has a different learning style so we teach in a way that works for you. Our aim is to train up drivers who not only pass their licence test but become lifelong safe, courteous and aware drivers. We also love to help long-time drivers brush up on their skills so they continue to feel confident on our increasingly busy roads.

We are based in Warkworth but cover a wide area including the Silverdale/Orewa testing area. We also regularly run Street Talk defensive driving courses.


Sandra Dick – Car (Class 1) Driving Instructor

Sandra is a Warkworth local who grew up in the area and first learnt to drive on the farm tractor as a kid on her dad’s knee. She then graduated to a big old Bedford and has since tried her hand at motorbikes, go karts, quad bikes, vans, people movers, Utes and campervans. However she is most frequently found driving a standard car and has held her full Class 1 licence for 30 years.

Sandra is married with three older teenage children, and has enjoyed successfully teaching them to drive. She is a fully qualified Class 1 Driving Instructor and has experience working with learners of all ages. Sandra is also an Occupational Therapist and has spent many years helping those who struggle due to injury or disability to learn new skills. Because of this she has empathy and understanding of the different ways and pace at which people learn and is adept at tailoring teaching to each person’s needs.

Sandra is available for driving lessons for people at any stage of their licence, as well as for assessments of driving skills for employers, those transferring from an overseas licence, older drivers and more.

Neil Collings - Motorbike Instructor

For all your motorbike instruction needs please contact Neil on 0211827258 or n.collings@icloud.com