Knowledge is power when it comes to tolls in Australia and New Zealand, which are all cashless electronic systems. You will need to remember to go online and pay the charges in good time - or plan routes which avoid any routes which incur a fee!
- Sydney (New South Wales) has cashless tolls, and the best way to pay for those travelers without an account is to get online (www.myrta.com) and set up a casual travel pass which can be backdated three days.
- Brisbane (Queensland) has a few toll roads dotted around the city. They are also fully electronic with no cash booths, using “go via” as a collector. You can visit www.govia.com.au and buy a pass for visitors.
- Melbourne (Victoria) has just two toll roads, EastLink and CityLink. You can purchase passes before or up to three days after travel on their websites, www.eastlink.com.au and www.citylink.com.au.
- Auckland Northern Gateway is just north of Auckland on the main State Highway 1. It can be avoided with a detour through Orewa and Waiwera, a more scenic route which only adds around ten minutes’ driving time!
- Tauranga Eastern Link is a tolled section of State Highway 2 just to the southeast of the city. It connects Papamoa to the rest of the Bay of Plenty coast, and is easily avoided by taking a route through Te Puke.
- Takitimu Drive Toll Road is in Tauranga near the city centre, linking State Highways 29 and 2. Alternative routes are via Cameron Road or Cambridge/Moffat Roads.
If your road trip in Australia or New Zealand takes you enar any of the toll roads listed above, be prepared to pay or avoid! Otherwise, happy driving Down Under! For more information on road rules and customs, you can check out our Australia Driving Guide and New Zealand Driving Guide.