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How to pay toll roads in New Zealand as Spaceships customer

When you hire a Spaceships campervan, your New Zealand road trip will be smooth and easy. That also goes for paying toll roads. You don't need to worry about it and you definitely DONT NEED TO PAY THE TOLL FEE ONLINE.

We have an account for all Spaceships campervans, any tolls will be registered automatically and paid via our account. We will add the toll fee to your booking (no extra costs, so no admin costs, just the toll fee), which you can pay by card when you return your campervan. Or you can give us permission (tell us or email us) to process the toll payments via the card details that are stored in our secure vault, which you added via the Online Check-in Process.

What is a toll road?

Tolling is an option for contributing to the costs of construction, operations and maintenance of new roads. 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.

Toll roads are know overseas in your local language as follows:

  • In German: Mautstraßen
  • In Dutch: Tolweg
  • In French: Routes à péage
  • In Danish: Betalingsvej
  • In Swedish: Avgiftsbelagda Vägar
  • In Spanish: Carreteras de peaje
  • In Finish: Tietulleja
  • In Czech: Placených silnic
  • In Chinese: 收费公路
  • In Korean: 유료 도로
  • In Malay: Jalan bertol
  • In Japanese: 有料道路

All toll roads in New Zealand are managed electronically. Cameras register your licence plate (rego) and link the toll fee to your car. There are no toll booths where you can pay. Paying is done online... But as mentioned before, as Spaceships customer YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY TOLL FEES ONLINE... It is all taken care of via our account so it'll be added to your booking and can be paid when you return your campervan.

What is Waka Kotahi?

Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) is a government organisation that takes care of everything that has to do with transport and roads in New Zealand. Or in their words: "Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is focused on providing one integrated land transport system that helps people get the most out of life and supports business." They are the ones managing toll roads and collecting toll fees.

Where are the toll roads in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, there are three toll roads:

  • The Northern Gateway Toll Road (North of Auckland)
  • The Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (Tauranga)
  • The Takitimu Drive Toll Road (Tauranga)
Toll roads in New Zealand

Where to find toll roads in New Zealand

What are the toll road fees in New Zealand?

Currently, there are only three toll roads in New Zealand. All of them are on the North Island. And this is where to find them and how to bypass them if you prefer to take the more scenic route.

Northern Gateway Toll Road map

Northern Gateway Toll Road

The Northern Gateway Toll Road is a 7.5km motorway north of Auckland between Silverdale and Pūhoi, part of State Highway 1 (SH1). Heading north, the toll road begins just before Ōrewa and ends after the Johnstone Hills near Pūhoi. The toll road gives you a choice between a more direct route or the scenic State Highway 17 via Ōrewa.

Toll fees of the Northern Gateway Toll Road (all fees are one-way fees):

  • Motorbikes: NZ$ 2.60
  • Cars (and Spaceships campervans): NZ$ 2.60
  • Lorries: NZ$ 5.20


Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road map

Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road

The Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road is a 15km tolled section of State Highway 2 (SH2) running between the Domain Road interchange, near Pāpāmoa, and the Paengaroa roundabout (SH2 and SH33 to Whakatāne and Rotorua). The free alternative route takes you on the Te Puke Highway, through Te Puke.

Toll fees of the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (all fees are one-way fees):

  • Motorbikes: NZ$ 2.30
  • Cars (and Spaceships campervans): NZ$ 2.30
  • Lorries: NZ$ 5.60

Takitimu Drive Toll Road map

Takitimu Drive Toll Road

The Takitimu Drive Toll Road, formerly known as Route K Toll Road, is a 5km road that bypasses the Tauranga city centre and takes traffic from State Highway 29 (SH29) to State Highway 2 (SH2) in the direction of the Port of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. The alternative routes are via Cameron Road or Cambridge/Moffat Roads.

Toll fees of the Takitimu Drive Toll Road (all fees are one-way fees):

  • Motorbikes: NZ$ 2.10
  • Cars (and Spaceships campervans): NZ$ 2.10
  • Lorries: NZ$ 5.40

More info about these toll roads can be found on the website of Waka Kotahi.


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Toll roads in New Zealand explained