People are travelling further to get a better price at the pump rather than the convenience of a local petrol station.
The Canstar Blue survey looked at 2500 New Zealanders who fuelled up around the country over the last month.
The data shows 32 percent of people will drive further to get cheaper petrol rather than to go the closest one and risk paying more.
Generation X is more likely to look for a station close to home, while Generation Y is more likely to go on the hunt for a good deal.
Canstar General Manager Jose George says this shows we would rather a good deal over any of the extra comforts and convenience.
The number of people who use their local petrol station to buy essentials has also dropped to nine percent, down from 26 percent the same time last year.
Only seven percent of people say they would choose to go to a petrol station where an attendant would fill up their car.
The generation divide continues as baby boomers are the most likely of the generations to watch petrol prices at 60 percent compared to Generation Y at 45 percent.
"Kiwis are conscious of how much money is being pumped out of their pockets on petrol and more than half are actively monitoring fuel prices to ensure they buy at the right time and from the right provider," says George.
Men are more likely to keep their eye on the prices at 59 percent compared to less than half of women, 46 percent.
People continue to use more public transport, opting for busses and trains over cars.
However the trend has slowed slightly, with nine percent of people saying they use more public transport than they did a year ago, compared with 19 percent of people who said the same in 2015.
Wellingtonians are most likely to be using more public transport, with 18 percent reporting they took that option more than they did they previous year.
However there was no increase of public transport use in the Marlborough region with no one using buses more than before.
The majority of people are not filling their tank full every time they visit a petrol station, with 21 percent of people only ever selecting a specific dollar value in order to let their car fill up to the amount that suits their wallet.
Southlanders are most likely to put the bare minimum in to their cars, while people in Marlborough prefer to fill their tanks right up.