What You Need to Know About Toll Roads in New Zealand
Where are the New Zealand toll roads?
As a backpacker trying to save every cent you have, nothing is worse than realising you are on a toll road. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but thankfully, there are not too many toll roads in New Zealand.
The three toll roads in New Zealand are all on the North Island: the Northern Gateway Toll Road, the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road and the Takitimu Drive Toll Road.
A toll is charged each time you use the toll road. In New Zealand, we use electronic toll roads so you will be charged automatically as you drive through – no stopping at toll booths. They are also well signposted as you approach a toll road, giving you time to prepare to take an alternative route if preferred.
Extra charges for using a toll road in New Zealand
Take a look at all those extra charges you can avoid when using a toll road.
- If paying your toll charge at a service station, be aware that there could be an NZ$1.20 transaction fee
- If you pay for the toll through the NZ Transport Agency’s contact centre, there is an NZ$3.70 service fee
- If you fail to pay your toll, there is an NZ$4.90 Toll Payment Notice fee
- If you continue to not pay the toll, you will have to pay NZ$40 for the Infringement Notice
- If you have insufficient funds to pay the toll with your payment method (credit/debit card, for instance) then there will be an extra charge of NZ$20.60
- Toll prices include GST
- There’s no extra charge for caravans or trailers.
Northern Gateway Toll Road
Located just above Auckland, the Northern Gateway Toll Road is an extension of State Highway 1 between Orewa and Johnstone Hills near Puhoi. The toll road saves about 9 minutes of your driving time, but there is an alternative route to avoid the toll road altogether. Check out our article dedicated to The Northern Gateway Toll Road.
- Car, motorcycle, light vehicle (3.5 tonnes or less) – NZ$2.30
- Heavy vehicle (over 3.5 tonnes) – NZ$4.70
Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road
New Zealand’s newest toll road, the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road is just off State Highway 2 between the Domain Road interchange near Papamoa and the Paengaroa roundabout. Avoid the toll road by taking State Highway 2, also known as the Te Puke Highway through Te Puke.
- Car, motorcycle, light vehicle (3.5 tonnes or less) – NZ$2.00
- Heavy vehicle (over 3.5 tonnes) – NZ$5.00
Takitimu Drive Toll Road
Also in the Tauranga area, the Takitimu Drive Toll Road, also known as the Route K Toll Road, bypasses Tauranga city centre and takes traffic between State Highway 29 and State Highway 2. The alternative routes are Cameron Road to the west of Takitimu Drive or Cambridge Road or Moffat Road to the east of Takitimu Drive.
- Car, motorcycle, light vehicle (3.5 tonnes or less) – NZ$1.80
- Heavy vehicle (over 3.5 tonnes) – NZ$4.80
How to pay for a New Zealand toll road
You can pay for a toll up to 180 days in advance or up to five days after you have passed a toll. There are three ways to pay for a toll charge:
- Pay online on the NZ Transport Agency website. There’s a pay-as-you-go option or you can set up an account if using the toll roads often
- Pay in person with cash or EFTPOS over the counter at most gas stations near toll roads. Remember, this incurs an extra NZ$1.20 fee
- Pay over the phone by calling 0800 40 20 20. This incurs an extra fee of NZ$3.70.
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