Speed surveys are conducted at randomly selected sites around New Zealand annually to provide an estimate of the national speed profile. The results are broken down to a regional level and into light and heavy vehicles. This page shows the regional speed survey results for cars.

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The regional surveys are designed to track driver speed choice within regions. They are not designed to provide valid comparisons between regions.

Open road car speeds

Mean speed (km/h)

Region2006200720082009201020112012201320142015No. of cars surveyed in last year
Northland 96.0 95.0 96.3 95.8 96.0 95.5 93.6 94.5 94.7 92.1 994
Auckland 96.5 96.2 95.3 95.9 93.8 95.5 93.3 94.8 93.6 90.7 2,685
Waikato 96.6 95.2 94.6 94.6 94.8 93.7 93.0 93.8 93.7 93.9 1,828
Bay of Plenty 97.3  97.8  95.8  96.7  98.4  97.0  96.7 96.7 96.4 98.1 1,159
Gisborne 91.2  91.5  95.4  96.4  95.4  96.5  94.0  90.7 87.0 93.9 561
Hawke’s Bay 96.1 96.3 99.8 99.3 100.3 99.9 93.8  95.2 94.3 94.1 1,033
Taranaki 94.2 94.4 94.3 93.0 92.9 96.3 97.2  93.9 93.3 93.3 693
Manawatu-Wanganui 97.3 97.7 97.0 97.4 96.9 100.4 97.9  97.4 97.5 97.8 1,181
Wellington 92.1 93.2 94.0 95.6 94.4 94.7 95.2  96.0 96.3 95.4 878
Nelson-Marlborough - - - - - - -  -  - * note 286
West Coast - - - - - - - -  - * note 234
Canterbury 100.2 99.3 98.5 98.9 98.3 100.7 99.3  99.2 98.4 98.3 1,238
Otago 97.3 99.8 100.9 99.7 98.8 99.5 99.4  99.4 99.6 98.2 1,116
Southland *note 99.4 100.1 99.9 99.3 93.4 98.3  98.2 95.2 96.2 746
New Zealand 96.4 96.3 96.6 96.3 96.2 96.5 95.6   95.7 95.3 95.7 14,632

*Note: Too few sites in this area to provide regional estimates.

85th percentile speeds (km/h)#

85th percentile speeds (km/h)#
Region2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Northland 104 102 104 103 104 103 101 103 102 100
Auckland 109 109 108 110 107 108 106 107 106 103
Waikato 102 101 101 100 100 99 99 99 99 99
Bay of Plenty 107 107 105 106 106 106 107 106 106 108
Gisborne 101 101 106 107 106 106 106 100 100 103
Hawke’s Bay 101 101 105 104 105 105 99 100 100 99
Taranaki 102 102 102 100 100 104 104 102 101 100
Manawatu-Wanganui 104 103 103 103 103 106 104 104 103 103
Wellington 101 102 102 104 102 102 103 105 104 102
Nelson-Marlborough - - - - - - - - * note
West Coast - - - - - - - - * note
Canterbury 105 104 103 103 102 104 103 103 102 102
Otago 104 105 105 104 103 104 104 105 105 104
Southland *note 105 106 105 105 99 104 103 100 101
New Zealand 103 103 103 103 103 103 102 102 101 101

#85th percentile speed means 15 percent of the vehicles surveyed were travelling faster than this speed

*Note: Too few sites in this area to provide regional estimates.

Urban car speeds

Mean speed (km/h)

Mean speed (km/h)
Region2006200720082009201020112012201320142015No. of cars surveyed in last year
Northland 53.0 53.0 52.4 51.8 51.7 51.5 51.8 52.6 51.9 50.4 1,264
Auckland 55.4 55.3 55.1 54.8 54.1 54.0 52.7 54.1 52.9 51.5 4,121
Waikato 53.9 52.2 52.5 51.5 52.3 51.8 51.9 51.5 50.3 50.5 1,005
Bay of Plenty 55.7  55.2  55.8  55.0  55.3  55.2  54.5 54.6 53.9 52.4 1,526
Gisborne 47.4  48.2 49.5  49.2  49.2  49.5  47.8 46.9 46.2 46.1 1,124
Hawke’s Bay 52.3 51.7 52.2 52.7 51.4 52.1 52.1 50.6 50.0 50.1 1,198
Taranaki 48.4 48.9 48.2 48.7 48.8 49.4 48.5 48.4 48.4 48.4 1,418
Manawatu-Wanganui 50.3 50.2 51.6 51.2 50.9 51.6 50.4 50.8 50.7 50.7 1,744
Wellington 49.1 49.4 49.7 49.3 49.1 49.1 49.3 49.0 48.5 48.0 1,058
Nelson-Marlborough 49.0 49.0 50.4 48.9 49.0 49.0 49.1 48.8 47.8 47.4 1,624
West Coast - - - - - - - - *note -
Canterbury 52.5 52.5 52.1 52.5 52.3 51.4 50.4 51.3 50.9 50.3 970
Otago 53.1 52.4 51.4 51.4 51.0 50.9 50.9 50.6 51.3 50.8 1,409
Southland * note 55.1 54.4 54.3 54.0 54.1 53.3 54.1 53.6 53.7 1,059
New Zealand 52.6 52.5 52.6 52.3 52.0 52.0 51.3 51.7 51.1 50.4 19,520

*Note: Too few sites in this area to provide regional estimates.

85th percentile speeds (km/h)#

85th percentile speeds (km/h)#
Region2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Northland 57.5 58.0 57.0 56.0 56.0 56.0 56.0 57.0 56.0 54.0
Auckland 60.0 60.0 60.0 59.0 59.0 58.0 57.0 59.0 57.0 55.0
Waikato 59.5 58.0 58.0 57.0 57.0 57.0 56.0 57.0 55.0 55.0
Bay of Plenty 61.5  61.5  62.5  62.0  62.5  61.5  60.5 60.5 59.5 58.5
Gisborne 53.0  53.5  54.0  54.0 54.0  54.5 53.0 53.0 52.0 52.0
Hawke’s Bay 57.0 57.0 57.0 57.0 56.0 56.0 57.0 55.0 55.0 55.0
Taranaki 54.0 54.0 53.0 54.0 54.0 55.0 54.0 54.0 53.0 54.0
Manawatu-Wanganui 55.0 55.0 56.0 56.0 56.0 56.0 56.0 56.0 55.0 56.0
Wellington 53.0 53.0 53.5 53.0 53.0 53.0 53.0 53.0 53.0 51.0
Nelson-Marlborough 53.5 53.5 54.5 53.5 53.0 53.5 53.0 53.5 52.5 51.5
West Coast - - - - - - - - * note
Canterbury 58.0 59.0 58.0 58.0 59.0 59.0 58.0 59.0 58.0 58.0
Otago 57.0 57.0 56.5 56.5 55.5 55.5 55.5 55.5 55.5 55.5
Southland *note 60.5 59.5 58.5 58.5 58.5 57.5 58.5 58.5 57.5
New Zealand 58.0 58.0 58.0 57.0 57.0 57.0 56.0 57.0 56.0 55.0

#85th percentile speed means 15 percent of the vehicles surveyed were travelling faster than this speed

*Note: Too few sites in this area to provide regional estimates.

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