When travelling between Auckland and Northland tourists have a choice between using the Northern Gateway Toll Road - an extension of State Highway 1- or one of the free alternatives.
The 7.5km toll road provides motorists with a more direct and safer route, with two lanes in each direction, and a time saving of up to nine minutes during off-peak periods. If time is not a factor, tourists may like to take the more scenic route that follows the attractive coastline between the popular holiday spots of Orewa and Waiwera, or State Highway 16.
The cost to use the toll road each way is:
The toll road uses the latest electronic free-flow tolling technology. As your vehicle passes under the toll point, cameras capture an image of the registration plate and assign the toll. There are no toll booths on the road.
You can pay your tolls online by credit card.
Credit card payment can also be made by phone but these purchases will have an additional purchase charge of $3.70 applied to each purchase made.
You can also pay using the self service kiosks which will incur an additional purchase charge of $0.40 applied to each purchase made. During busy times you may experience delays when using a self service kiosk.
Self service kiosks are located:
Going north - inside the BP Connect at Dairy Flat.
Going south - just off State Highway 1, about 1km before the Waiwera exit.
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The toll can be paid before you use the toll road or up to five days later. To pay the toll you will need to know the registration plate number of the vehicle you are driving.
If you are hiring a car you are responsible for paying your tolls. Additional charges may be applied by your rental company if they are required to organise collection of your tolls.
You don’t have to take the toll road. There are two free alternatives - along State Highway 17 (Hibiscus Coast Highway) or State Highway 16 (via Helensville).
The Hibiscus Coast Highway is a more scenic drive, following the coastline between Orewa and Waiwera. If you want to explore the region, the Hibiscus Coast Highway may be the way to go.
If you’re heading north towards Whangarei on State Highway 1, you can access the free route by taking exit 398 through Silverdale. If you miss this exit you can take exit 394 via Orewa, the last exit before the toll road begins.
If you’re heading south towards Auckland on State Highway 1, take exit 388 via Waiwera to get on the free route.
The Hibiscus Coast includes Orewa, Whangaparaoa, Gulf Harbour, Red Beach, Silverdale, Waiwera and Stillwater. The region boasts golden sand beaches, the world-famous-in-New-Zealand cluster of factory shops at Silverdale, Gulf Harbour village, the seaside resort of Orewa and hot mineral pools at Waiwera.
Find out more about the Hibiscus Coast region on the New Zealand Tourism Guide website
Freephone 0800 40 20 20 Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.
From outside New Zealand phone +64 6 953 6200 Monday to Friday.
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Palmerston North 4442
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