With Christmas fast approaching, petrol prices in the Hunter are rising even further with an NRMA study finding Maitland has had the highest price hike in the past week, with unleaded petrol rising 11.6 cents per litre.

Prices at the bowser Goulburn isn’t far behind with a 6.8 cent rise and Muswellbrook isn’t much better averaging a 6.5 cent per litre price rise.

Regional areas across the state are experiencing higher than usual price rises with Buladelah paying 135.4 for unleaded and Gundagai paying not much less, 135.2.