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Last weekend (24./25. January 2009) offered one of those stories you cannot invent.

New Zealand?s first toll road was opened north of Auckland, and they opened it on a long weekend (on Monday was Auckland Anniversary), no fees were charged yet, so there would be less traffic, they thought, and the people could have a look at it. Well, as it was, as mentioned, a long weekend everybody travelled, and the road was totally jammed, and people spent half a day to get through this fast way to the north.

Yes, fast way. If it were not fast way they would not have built it, and if it would not deliver better service than the often congested country roads, they would not be able to charge every motorist NZ$ 2.

So to make a long story short:
This stretch of road is a more direct route when travelling between Orewa and Puhoi ? which is part of your itinerary to the Bay of Islands.

Today I see on this speedy road website that the technology obviously is so sophisticated that the system does not work yet LOL

If and when it works it should work as follows and as expressed on the Tollroad website:
?Tolls are charged using the latest free-flow tolling technology. The electronic toll system is designed to keep traffic flowing freely, at speeds up to 100 km/h open road limit, without any need to change lanes or stop. Free-flow tolling does not use toll booths, instead motorists drive on the road with tolls automatically calculated as they pass beneath our toll point. You don't have to stop to pay or hunt for loose change on your journey. You can simply set up an account with us and we'll deduct your tolls automatically. Otherwise, to pay your tolls you will be able to use this website, call our freephone number 0800 40 20 20 or visit one of our cash payment points.?

You as a tourist will surely not want to set up an account with Tollroad as you will not consider it the highlight of your journey and travel back and forth for days without end. Correct me if I am wrong ;-)

Instead you can make one-off payments via the Tollroad website, by visiting one of the cash payment points located near the road, or by calling the Tollroad contact centre on a freephone number (0800 40 20 20), sorry: toll free number LOL

For northbound traffic the payment point is located inside the BP Connect at Dairy Flat.
For southbound traffic the payment point is located just off State Highway 1, approximately 1 km before the Waiwera exit.

If you have not paid the toll after 3 days (72 hours) of driving on the toll road, a notice will be sent to the registered vehicle owner and an additional administration fee charged. If the toll and administration fee remain unpaid an infringement notice may also be sent.

If you want to avoid all the hassle just do not travel at peak traffic times and use the old road which, of course, will remain open and enjoy the scenery ;-)

A funny side aspect of the story is that the word ?toll? in German means great. Who would not think that such a toll road is something great, especially when they do not get the system to run smoothly for the grand opening? ;-) The second meaning of "toll" BTW is crazy...

Mode: AROUND
othercontact: http://www.ltsa.govt.nz/tollroad
Phone: 0800 40 20 20 (toll free LOL)
Type: Car/Motor Home
Website: http://www.ltsa.govt.nz/tollroad/contact-us.html

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2009
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