The price of fuel hits us all where it hurts. No wonder, then, that sniffing out the cheapest petrol is such a driving factor in our choice of service station.
Canstar Blue’s latest research reveals nearly half of us (47%) buy fuel based on service station discounts and supermarket or loyalty card programs. In addition, over a quarter (26%) are happy to burn extra fuel just to save on fuel – driving out of their way to a better fuel deal.
So if you’re seeking a better petrol deal, read on, to discover how to find the best deals and service stations near you.
How to Find the Cheapest Fuel
Get the Gaspy app
Although it doesn’t offer discounts, this great little app is basically a list of prices from most of the service stations across the country. It’s kept up-to-date by drivers just like you uploading prices from their local service stations. This helps keep all the information current and you to find the cheapest deal in your area. Simply type in your location, how far you are prepared to travel, and the app will do the rest. Click here to link through to the Gaspy site.
Check out the CardLink website
CardLink is a fuel card management company used by businesses that purchase fuel for fleets of vehicles. Its PriceWatch website provides a snapshot of all the fuel transaction it processes throughout New Zealand. The info is updated on a daily basis, and you can drill down region to region and suburb to suburb to get exact pricing from a range of service stations. While it doesn’t cover all fuel retailers, it includes all the big players: BP, Caltex, Mobil, Z, Challenge and Gull.
Being proactive and prepared can pay off when it comes time to fuel up. So it’s worthwhile considering the following when seeking the best fuel deals:
- Loyalty programs – can provide members with fuel discounts, along with other types of rewards
- Discount coupons – such as those sometimes found on supermarket dockets can deliver fuel discounts
- Local promotions – retailers may run one-off promotions at specific locations, such as discount days
- Stay in the loop – to keep up-to-date with retailer offerings download smartphone apps and sign up for email and/or text notifications
- Apps – it is worthwhile seeking out information online. Services such as the Gaspy app are a great way to find the cheapest fuel in your area
Read on for some of the services and discounts on offer from retailers located around the country:
What Service Stations Have to Offer
Z owns and manages approximately 208 service stations and about 160 truck stops. Its shops, which stock food, snacks and essentials, are found at over 200 locations.
- Fuel – Z’s fuel range includes Z91 Unleaded, ZX Premium Unleaded and Z Diesel
- Discounts – Z’s Pumped rewards program delivers fuel discounts. Customers are able to earn their choice of Flybuys or Airpoints Dollars, and can also get discounts via Fuelup supermarket vouchers from participating New World and PAK’nSAVE stores
- Other services – select Z stations provide services including the Z20 car wash, trailer hire and SWAP’n’GO LPG
- App – the Z app allows for customers to make payments, features a store locator, delivers information on discounts and features Pumped integration (available for Android and iOS devices)
Information on Z station locations can be found here.
BP operates over 200 stores across New Zealand, stocking snacks, drinks, groceries and a range of other products. Its Wild Bean Cafe and Good Mood Food in-store food hubs are available at select sites.
- Fuel – BP’s fuel range includes Regular 91, Diesel, Premium 95, Ultimate 98 and Ultimate Diesel
- Discounts – the AA Smartfuel program delivers fuel savings
- Other services – select BP stores offer services including car washing, trailer hire, LPG bottle swap and bottle fill
- App – the BPMe app allows customers to pay from their car, locate their nearest BP outlet and receive deal notifications. It also features AA Smartfuel integration (available for Android and iOS devices)
Information on BP station locations can be found here.
There are over 140 Caltex service stations and 70 truck stops around New Zealand. Its network of stations are operated by independent retailers.
- Fuel – Caltex’s fuel range includes Regular 91 with Techron, Premium 95 with Techron and Caltex Diesel with Techron
- Discounts – Caltex’s Pumped fuel rewards program delivers fuel savings. Customers earn their choice of Flybuys or Airpoints Dollars. SuperGold card-holders are also eligible for additional discounts
- Other services – select Caltex stations provide services including brush car washing, touchless car washing, trailer hire, LPG bottle fill and LPG 9kg bottle swap
- App – the Caltex NZ app allows customers to pay for fuel without going in store, find Caltex stations and receive notifications, and features Pumped integration (available for Android and iOS devices)
Information on Caltex station locations can be found here.
Mobil runs over 150 sites nationwide. Its stores offer a range of beverages and snacks, and provide customers in-store promotional offers.
- Fuel – Mobil’s fuel range includes Synergy Extra Unleaded (91), Synergy Diesel, Synergy Supreme (95) and Synergy Supreme+ (98)
- Discounts – the Mobil Smiles Driver Rewards program provides fuel discounts and points offers
- Other services – select Mobil stations include the Mobil Car Wash, On the Run Cafe, provide trailer hire and LPG swap a bottle
- App – the Mobil NZ app allows customers to make payments from their car, and features Mobil Smiles Driver Rewards integration (available for Android and iOS devices)
Information on Mobil station locations can be found here.
GAS, which is 100% New Zealand-owned, operates approximately 130 sites across the country. Most are independently owned and operated.
- Fuel – GAS’s fuel range includes 91 Octane Fuel, 95 Octane Fuel and Diesel
- Discounts – the AA Smartfuel program provides customers fuel savings. Customers are also able to use Countdown, FreshChoice or SuperValue supermarket vouchers for potential savings
- Other services – select GAS sites provide trailer hire, and LPG swap and fill
- App – the GAS UP app allows customers to make fuel payments from their car (available for Android and iOS devices)
Information on GAS station locations can be found here.
Gull presides over a network of over 100 sites, including unmanned and manned sites. Its manned sites operate in the North Island through its partner Night ‘n Day or via independent operators.
- Fuel – Gull’s fuel range includes Regular 91, Premium 95, Diesel, 98 Force 10, EA85 Force Pro and Diesel Max
- Discounts – Gull’s Discount Day promotion offers fuel discounts on select days. Customers sign up for email and/or text alerts
- Other services – select Gull sites offer services including car washing, trailer hire, and LPG bottle fill and swap
Information on Gull station locations can be found here.
Challenge runs around 80 service stations. The majority are independently operated.
- Fuel – Challenge’s fuel range includes 91, 95 and Diesel
- Discounts – the My Challenge rewards program provides customers fuel discounts. SuperGold and Grey Power card-holders receive an additional discount. Customers can also earn My Challenge points, which can be redeemed for in-store rewards
- Other services – select My Challenge stations offer services including car washing, trailer hire and LPG filling or swaps
Information on Challenge station locations can be found here.
Family-owned-and-operated, NPD’s fuel network encompasses over 70 sites across the South Island. It is currently expanding into the North Island.
- Fuel – NPD’s fuel range includes 91 Unleaded, 95 Premium, Diesel and NPD 100Plus
- Discounts – customers can access fuel discounts by using the SuperGold Card at participating manned NPD sites, by using supermarket discount dockets, and via NPD’s Discount Days promotion. Customers can sign up for email and/or text alerts, and to receive notifications about discounts and promotions at NPD self-serve sites
- Other services – the NPD Refresh Cafe, at select locations, serves both coffee and food. Some locations also offer services including car washing and LPG
Information on NPD station locations can be found here.
Kiwi-owned and operated Waitomo operates more than 65 fuel and diesel stops across the country.
- Fuel – Waitomo’s fuel range includes Unleaded 91, Unleaded 95 and Diesel
- Discounts – customers who use the Waitomo app and spend $20 or more in a transaction will unlock Waitomo’s spinning wheel for a chance to win prizes. Customers who reach monthly targets unlock a scratchie for bigger wins
- Other services – select Waitomo stations provide car wash services
- App – the Waitomo app allows customers to make payments from their vehicle, helps customers locate the nearest Waitomo station and delivers updates (available for Android and iOS devices)
Information on Waitomo station locations can be found here.
A number of PAK’nSAVE stores throughout New Zealand have onsite fuel pumps. If you shop at a participating store, you can earn discount coupons that can then be redeemed at the bowser.
Information on PAK’nSAVE station locations can be found here.
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