Ok, I know someone is going to respond along the lines of 'stop rubbing it in, petrol here costs .....'. But this is written from a Bay of Islands perspective.
Up until very recently it was de rigueur when passing through Whangarei to fill up with petrol there. Cheapest place in NZL (should be with Marsden Point in their backyard) and consistently 10c/litre cheaper than what we could get in Paihia.
Was in Whangarei last week and noticed the petrol price at $1.91.9 (this .9 thing is a joke) which was only 2c cheaper than Paihia ... wondered why. The answer ... driving back from Kaitaia yesterday (where petrol was 2.02.9/litre) via the coast road through Cable Bay and Coopers Beach and passing through Waipapa (major retail development for Kerikeri located on the State Highway) and there, low and behold, was a brand new Gull petrol station dispensing product at 1.87.9/litre.
Yep, not everyone in Keri2 is going to drive 6k to save 5c and I'm certainly not going to make a special journey from Paihia to fill up but they have clearly forced the Caltex and BP outlets in Keri2 and the Caltex and Z outlets in Paihia to reduce their prices.
Competition is a wonderful thing.
p.s. anyone contemplating a move up to our Paihia/Russell paradise and I can put them in touch with a very good real estate agent.
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