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Where are speed cameras?

Until 2004 speed cameras had to be signposted, but since then police have operated an ‘anytime, anywhere’ policy on the placement of speed cameras. There is a mixture of static and mobile cameras.

Static speed cameras

Static cameras are on poles. There are a limited number of cameras which are rotated around the different camera housings. More locations are added gradually and could be located on motorway gantries as well as on roadside poles. They won’t be signposted, but you are able to find out where they are (e.g. police publish lists, one of which is below, and there are other websites that show the locations).

speed camera 1
These old speed cameras are no longer working; most have been removed

Mobile cameras

Unmarked cameras tend to be in plain vans parked on the side of the road and they will not be obvious. As you can see from the photo below, the road is curving gently to the left and the van is well off the road. This means you don’t see it until the last moment.

unmarked speed camera

This is a close-up of the van. The camera takes the photos through the rear window.

unmarked speed camera

Marked traffic safety vans are also used and look similar to this:

marked traffic safety camera

Speed cameras do not generate money directly for police. All revenue goes into the Government’s consolidated fund.

Mobile cameras in vans could be anywhere and police change the locations frequently to encourage drivers to slow down over the whole road network, not just at camera sites.

Locations of digital speed cameras

These newer cameras are able to detect the difference between light vehicles, light vehicles towing a trailer and heavy vehicles, so no longer is there a blanket speed limit like there was with older cameras. They can also detect which lane a speeding vehicle is in.

Wellington region speed cameras

State Highway 1, Ngauranga

Wainuiomata Road, Wainuiomata

Whitford Brown Avenue, Aotea

State Highway 1, Thorndon

Wainui Road, Waiwhetu

Hutt Road, Horokiwi

Auckland region speed cameras

Great South Road, Otahuhu

Mill Road, Totara Park

Murphys Road, Totara Park

Candia Road, Henderson Valley

Great North Road, Kelston

SH20, Waterview (both ends of the tunnel)

Cameras to be installed from 2017-2018

Auckland and Northland

Old North Rd, Kumeu, Waitemata

Twin Coast Discovery Highway, Kaiwaka, Northland

Tamaki Drive, Parnell, Auckland City

Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland City

Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland City

Mahia Rd, Wattle Downs, Counties Manukau

Massey Rd, Mangere, Counties Manukau

Waiuku Rd, Mauku, Counties Manukau

Glenbrook Rd, Kingseat, Counties Manukau

Awhitu Rd, Karioitahi, Counties Manukau

Great North Rd, Kamo, Northland

Coatesville Riverhead Highway, Coatesville, Waitemata

State Highway 1, Wellsford, Waitemata

State Highway 17, Albany Heights, Waitemata

Great North Rd, Henderson, Waitemata

Twin Coast Discovery Highway, Dome Valley, Waitemata

Rata St, New Lynn, Waitemata

East Coast Rd, Redvale, Waitemata

Bay of Plenty

State Highway 2, Pukehina


State Highway 2, Maramarua

State Highway 2, Waikino

Main Rd, Raglan

State Highway 29, Te Poi

Otorohanga Rd, Otorohanga

State Highway 2, Waihi

Te Awamutu-Cambridge Rd, Cambridge


State Highway 1, Temuka, Canterbury

Leeston Rd, Springston, Canterbury


State Highway 3, Mokoia, Central

State Highway 56, Tiakitahuna, Central


Southern Motorway, Burnside, Dunedin

King Edward St, South Dunedin

Otatara Rd, New River Ferry, Southern

Serpentine Ave, Dunedin Central

Severn St, Oamaru

Speed camera at the entrance to the Waterview Tunnel. There are warning signs before this camera, and there’s another one on the way out of the tunnel enforcing the 80km/h speed limit.
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