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New Zealand is home to several toll roads, which are used to improve transportation infrastructure and provide a better driving experience for motorists. There are three main toll roads in New Zealand, each with its unique features and routes.

  1. Northern Gateway Toll Road:

The Northern Gateway Toll Road spans 7.5km and is located to the north of Auckland, connecting Silverdale and Pūhoi as part of State Highway 1 (SH1). Commencing just prior to Ōrewa when travelling northward, the toll road concludes following the Johnstone Hills near Pūhoi. By using the toll road, motorists are provided with the option of a more direct route or the scenic State Highway 17 through Ōrewa.

  1. Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road:

The Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road spans 15km and forms a tolled section of State Highway 2 (SH2) that stretches from the Domain Road interchange, located near Pāpāmoa, to the Paengaroa roundabout where SH2 and SH33 converge, providing access to Whakatāne and Rotorua. For drivers who prefer not to use the toll road, the Te Puke Highway presents a free alternative route through Te Puke.

  1. Takitimu Drive Toll Road:

The Takitimu Drive Toll Road, previously referred to as Route K Toll Road, spans 5km and provides a bypass of the Tauranga city centre, directing traffic from State Highway 29 (SH29) to State Highway 2 (SH2), enabling access to the Port of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. Drivers have the option of taking alternative routes, such as Cameron Road or Cambridge/Moffat Roads.

Toll Road Fees for Rental Cars

The three toll roads in the North Island of New Zealand are managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency, and they use an electronic toll system that automatically charges our account when you use them in your rental vehicle. As all our rental cars are registered, we take care of paying the tolls on your behalf, with a fee of $3 for each way. This service saves you both time and money by avoiding additional administration fees charged by NZTA, allowing you to focus on enjoying your trip.

Alternative Routes

There are several alternative routes available to motorists who wish to avoid toll roads in New Zealand. For example, instead of taking the Northern Gateway Toll Road, motorists can take State Highway 17, which is a slower but toll-free option. Similarly, instead of taking the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road, motorists can take State Highway 2, which runs parallel to the toll road. And instead of taking the Takitimu Drive Toll Road, motorists can take the Bethlehem Link, which is a free alternative. It’s important to note that while alternative routes may be free, they may also have more traffic congestion or less developed road infrastructure, which could impact travel time and driving experience.