Charging infrastructure for Pacific Coast Highway


Eastland Group delivered EV charging infrastructure around the Pacific Coast Highway on the North Island’s East Coast, connecting the region to the national EV charging network.


This project set out to allow EV drivers to travel confidently between the Tairawhiti region, Hawke’s Bay, Taupo and Rotorua.

It also opened the scenic East Coast section of the Pacific Coast Highway to EV tourists, bringing potential benefits to communities and the local economy.

The project was led by Eastland Group, which specialises in regional infrastructure including electricity generation, distribution and transmission networks.

EV charging stations were built at six strategic sites best suited to EV range limitations and network infrastructure. 50kW fast charging units were installed at Wairoa, Putorino/Kotemaori and inland at Matawai, and 25kW units at Tolaga Bay, Te Araroa, and Morere.

Before they were opened the region had only one public 50kW fast charger in Gisborne.

The project was approved for $251,000 of co-funding from round two of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

Insights from this project

  • Communication to key stakeholders is essential throughout the project. Making sure everyone is involved in the process makes for timely decision-making and faster results. 
  • Sharing the news locally and nationally has encouraged people to use the network. 

Find out more

Electrifying New Zealand’s Pacific Coast Highway - Eastland Group website