Tolls on the Northern Gateway Toll Road, on State Highway 1 north of Auckland, will increase on 1 March by 10 cents to $2.40 for cars, motorcycles and light commercial vehicles, and by 10 cents to $4.80 for heavy commercial vehicles.
The NZ Transport Agency’s Director of Regional Relationships in the Upper North Island, Steve Mutton, says the toll increase has been kept to a minimum and is necessary to respond to inflation and ensure the toll road remains on track to repay debt as planned.
“The legislation covering the toll road allows for the tolls to be annually adjusted in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This is the first toll increase since 2015,” says Mr Mutton.
The Northern Gateway Toll Road is a 7.5km section of SH1 north of Auckland between Silverdale and Pūhoi which opened in January 2009. The toll road begins just before Ōrewa and ends after the Johnstone Hills near Pūhoi. The toll road gives drivers a choice between a more direct route or the scenic State Highway 17 via Ōrewa.
Borrowing $158m of the total $372.5m construction costs meant the road was built ten years earlier than it would have been under traditional funding methods.
Further information on tolling is available at nzta.govt.nz/tollroads(external link)