Traffic updates from Waka Kotahi for next week



17 April 2021

Shift of SH30 Rotorua’s Tarawera Road roundabout next week

Rotorua motorists are advised to expect changes to the State Highway 30/Tarawera Road roundabout this week.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says the temporary Tarawera roundabout will be shifted, for what is planned to be the final time, overnight on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Waka Kotahi is transforming the roundabout into a signalised intersection as part of the Eastern Corridor Stage One project.

Contractors will be on site on Tuesday night between 7pm and 5am to complete the shift. During this time additional traffic management will be in place, including some lane closures, as required.

The work is being completed overnight to minimise the disruption to traffic, however delays are expected.

Following the shift, entry into and exit out of Marino Road will also be closed at the roundabout from Wednesday 21 April to Sunday 9 May to allow contractors to install services and complete road surfacing at this location. Access to businesses on Marino Road will be via Vaughan Road.

The new temporary roundabout will be the same size as the current version and will be positioned closer to The Redwood Centre shopping mall. The 30km/h temporary speed limit will remain in place.

The new roundabout will be in place for approximately five weeks to allow contractors to work in the remaining unfinished areas before the signalised intersection can be installed.

It will continue to offer the same off-road access for cyclists as the previous roundabout location. On-road cycle access will not be available due to the lane widths.

A contingency shift, if required, is planned for May. By mid-year the intersection will take its final form as a signalised intersection controlled by traffic lights.

The shift is weather dependant. In the event of poor weather, the work will take place on the next clear night.

For more information on the Eastern Corridor Stage One project visit


SH30 Rotorua works for week beginning Sun 18 April

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises multiple worksites are active on State Highway 30/Te Ngae Road, between Sala Street and Iles Road, in Rotorua this week, as part of the Eastern Corridor Stage One project.

Of note this week is the final roundabout shift at the Tarawera Road intersection planned for overnight on Tuesday 20 April, and the closure of Marino Road at the roundabout from Wednesday 21 April to Sunday 9 May.

Delays are expected at times and motorists are advised to plan for these delays and allow extra time for their journeys.

Work sites for the week starting Sunday 18 April

  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge Underpass – The underpass remains closed to the public until late April as the contractors continue work on the wall and underpass path.
  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge - Work at the Puarenga Bridge median island is now complete. A slight lane shift for westbound and eastbound traffic remains in place as contractors work to widen the sections of footpath on either side of the Puarenga Bridge to connect with the new shared path.
  • State Highway 30, Sala Street to Vaughan Road – Construction of the shared path and upgrading of services continue along the northern side of SH30/Te Ngae Road. Shoulder and/or lane closures may occur as a result of this work. The shared path on the northern side remains closed for public safety.
  • State Highway 30, Vaughan Road – The new slip lane into Vaughan Road is now open, along with the left turn out onto SH30/Te Ngae Road. Contractors continue to work on the shared path and re-instatement of the median island. Motorists are reminded to be aware of workers on either side as they drive through the intersection.
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera Roundabout – Due to weather delays, the final roundabout shift is now planned for overnight on Tuesday 20 April, from 7pm until 5am. The new layout will mirror the current layout, shifting towards the Redwood Centre. This will allow contractors to complete the remaining sections of road before the signalised intersection is installed. In case of poor weather, the shift will be completed on the next fine night.
  • State Highway 30, Marino Road – Marino Road will be closed at the intersection with SH30/Te Ngae Road from Wednesday 21 April to Sunday 9 May. Access to all businesses on Marino will be from Vaughan Road. The closure will allow contractors to install services and complete kerbing and surfacing.
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills Road to Iles Road – Eastbound traffic has been shifted to the eastbound inside lane, reinstating the flush median for turning traffic. The new eastbound outside lane remains closed while contractors complete the shared path and garden works. Motorists are reminded to adhere to the temporary 50km/h speed limit through this section.

Temporary speed limits of 30km/h or 50km/h are in place at the above work sites, including when workers are off-site.

Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use the signalised crossings at either Sala Street or Iles Road, and the temporary pedestrian crossing at Tarawera Road.

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


Rotorua road works for week beginning 19 April 2021

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises chip sealing works will take place in multiple locations around the Rotorua and Ōpōtiki districts during the next week.

The following sites will operate under Stop/Go traffic management with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place during the work, between the hours of 7am-6pm.

  • State Highway 5 – Tumunui
  • State Highway 30 – Rotomā
  • State Highway 30 – Horohoro and Ātiamuri
  • State Highway 33 – Sun Valley

For a period of at least 24 hours after a site has been sealed, and before it is swept, it continues to operate under a reduced temporary speed limit while we allow vehicles to travel over the seal and help “bed in” the chip and to reduce the risk of chip damaging windscreens. Following this, the site is swept, excess chip is removed, and the temporary speed limit remains in place until line marking has been reinstated (within 48 hours of the site being sealed, weather dependent).

It is important motorists adhere to the relevant temporary speed limits during these works to avoid damage to their vehicles and ensure their safety and that of other road users and road workers.

Other ongoing work:

  • SH30 Horohoro and Ātiamuri

Road reconstruction works between the SH1/SH30 intersection and Nicholson Road continue, with completion due by the end of April.

  • SH5 Tarukenga, between Dalbeth Road and Dansey Road

Road reconstruction work continues along this corridor, with chip sealing due to be completed by the end of April.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website ( for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

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Page reviewed: 17 Apr 2021 10:00am