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Puarenga Bridge


SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage One

Works to complete two major milestones, the Tarawera Road signalisation as well as the Puarenga Bridge underpass, are progressing well.

The signalised intersection at Te Ngae Road/Tarawera Road is on the final temporary layout with signal poles programmed for installation in late-June. Once the poles have been installed and the final surfacing of the intersection has been completed the signals will be commissioned for use. 

Although the Puarenga Bridge underpass upgrade has seen a number of challenges over the last two months, the underpass is expected to be open to the public for use later this month. Delays were caused due to unforeseen ground conditions which required remediation and a retaining wall being constructed prior to the new path being commissioned. The culvert extensions into the stream have been completed which will allow for a smoother grade as people exit the underpass on the northern side.

The undergrounding of power lines is due to be completed between Sala Street and Tarawera Road in June. The removal of the remaining overhead poles will commence this month and is expected to be completed in early July. Once these poles have been removed the remaining sections of the shared path can be completed and open holes filled in.

Find out more SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage One



SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage Two – phase one

Initial works to improve safety as part of SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage Two project will commence in the next few months. These will focus on minor improvements such as raised tables at three intersections off SH30; Tennyson Drive, Tumene Drive and Brent Road, and are carefully timed with works already underway on SH30 to manage impact on road users. These raised sections of the road, with ramps on each side, aim to slow vehicles to a safe speed, making the three intersections safer to navigate for all users.

About the project

In July 2020, the Government confirmed $35 million through the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to enable the first phase of improvements of the Eastern Corridor Stage Two to be implemented. In March 2021, a preferred option, taking community and stakeholder feedback into account, was agreed upon.

Phase one will focus on addressing the immediate needs of the corridor and supporting planned housing development near Wharenui Road. This includes upgrades to intersections at Basley, Owhata and Wharenui roads, a shared path and on-road cycle lane from Iles Road to Coulter Road, four-laning between Iles and Basley roads and Brent and Owhata roads, as well as safety improvements. While the first six months will focus on minor improvements, major improvements are planned for 2022 and 2023, once the Eastern Corridor Stage One from Sala Street to Iles Road is complete.

The project will improve safety for all road users, make intersections more efficient, support development, and provide better travel choices.

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Push to complete the SH33 Te Ngae Junction to Paengaroa safety improvements

This month the contractor will finish the safety improvements on the 4km section north of Ōkere Falls and activity will ramp up on one of the final sections of the 34km safety improvements project.

For the next six months, starting Monday, the contractor will be working on a 2.1km section between the Sun Valley Curves passing lane and the recently completed passing lane on the hill towards Rotorua.

The safety improvements include shoulder widening and flexible safety barriers along the roadside. Before the safety improvements are made, a full road reconstruction will also be completed, to provide more strength and skid resistance to the surface.

To do this work as safely and efficiently as possible, the 2.1km length will be split into six 750m sections, with work completed one lane at a time under Stop/Go using traffic lights. The team on the ground will be monitoring traffic, but people should expect the Stop/Go to create some minor delays of up to five minutes at the lights.

Read more in the latest media release.

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SH33 Ōkere Falls to Hamurana Road shared path

Later this month you’ll start to see activity alongside State Highway 33 (SH33) as the construction of the new shared path will get underway.

First the contractor will widen the road shoulder and then construct a two-metre-wide shared path along the edge of the road. Once completed, the shared path will be behind a safety barrier within the 80km/h section between the Waipuna Bay lay-by and the Whangamarino School access. Four pedestrian refuge islands will also be constructed. A map of the shared path and location of the pedestrian islands can be viewed online.

Shared path map

When this work is underway, temporary speed limits and lane closures with Stop/Go traffic management will be used at times to protect road users and the team on the ground.

The new shared path and pedestrian refuge islands are expected to be finished in September, subject to weather.





SH5/SH36 Ngongotahā roundabout and SH5 safety improvements

Western Road detour

The Western Road detour has been in place for over two weeks and we thank everyone for their patience.

We have been monitoring traffic, and speed has been an issue along State Highway 5 (SH5) and Western Road, so the 30km/h speed limit on Western Road has been extended. This is to slow traffic down sooner, before arriving at the temporary roundabout in Ngongotahā. We will continue to monitor traffic and may do further adjustments.

At the roundabout

The contractor is focussed on relocating services, in particular stormwater and water mains. The next step will be forming the base layers of the road around the roundabout. Soon, truck and trailers will be hauling metal in for these layers and we ask people to take extra care while the large trucks are coming in/out of the site.

After the base layers have been formed, we’ll seal the road. The new roundabout is expected to be opened in August however we will go back later in the year to lay the final pavement.

SH5 acceleration/slip lane

Another active site is further up SH5 on the acceleration/slip lane. We have been stabilising the ground and soon we will be sealing the road. The sealing is weather dependent - the ideal temperature for this activity is around 12-15 degrees.



SH36 Awahou Bridge widening

Next week contractors will be onsite at the Awahou Bridge, near Ngongotahā, to widen the shoulder and install a footpath on the eastern side of the bridge. This work is expected to get underway from Monday 14 June.

Work is planned to take place during daylight hours, between 7am and 7pm and may take just over three weeks to complete, weather permitting.

To minimise disruption, the team will ensure two lanes of traffic are open during peak hours (7.30am to 8.30am, and 4pm to 5.30pm). At times outside of peak hours the road may be down to one lane and will operate under Stop/Go traffic management, with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place.

Motorists are asked to take extra care when travelling through the site by following the temporary speed limit and following directions from traffic management staff and signs.

People can expect minor delays so allow extra time for your journey.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed.



Safer speeds - have your say


Safer speeds for SH30 Tikitere to Whakatāne

Waka Kotahi is seeking feedback on safer speeds along State Highway 30 (SH30) between Tikitere (Rotorua) and Whakatāne.

Engaging with the community on this speed review will help us gather feedback and local knowledge on how locals use the road and their concerns. The feedback is then used to decide if a speed limit change is the best thing to do to improve road safety, where new speed limits could begin or end, and if any other safety improvements might be needed.

Have your say

Locals know their roads, so we want to hear what you think about current speed limits along SH30.

Feedback is open from Wednesday 9 June until 5pm Wednesday 7 July 2021.

You can provide feedback by:


Commenting on an interactive map


Attending a drop-in session:

  • Rotoiti Sports Club, 1303 State Highway 30, Rotoiti - Saturday 12 June, 10am - 1pm    
  • The Hub (outside Farmers), 3 Phoenix Drive, Whakatāne - Saturday 19 June 11am – 2pm
  • Awakeri Event Centre, SH30, Awakeri - Thursday 24 June 3pm – 6pm


SH5/SH30 urban Rotorua speed consultation

Waka Kotahi completed the consultation phase of the State Highway 5 (SH5) and State Highway (SH30) urban Rotorua speed limit review on 21 April 2021.

Thank you to everyone who made a submission on the proposed speed limit changes. We want to make our roads safer as soon as we can, and we can only do that with your help.

To make the most informed decision, we need to carefully consider the information we have received, alongside our own safety assessments. We are finalising the analysis of the submissions and our technical data relating to the state highway.

Changing speed limits is a legal process and there are numerous steps we need to carefully follow once we have completed our analysis. We hope to be able to make an announcement on the outcome of this speed review in the coming months.

Speed review process