5 May 2021
Locals and visitors will need to pre-plan any trips to avoid road closures around Rotorua this weekend.
The full and mini marathons both take place this weekend and temporary road/lane closures will be in place from 7am Friday 7 May to 6pm Saturday 8 May.
Traffic management will also be in place around Lake Rotorua on Saturday 8 May so motorists will need to take care as they move around runners and walkers.
With major road works underway on Te Ngae Road and at the Ngongotahā roundabout, motorists will need to take extra care when travelling through these areas. Spectators wanting to cheer on their friends and whānau are encouraged to plan ahead and avoid parking in and around these areas to ease congestion and ensure the safety of runners, walkers, other spectators and motorists.
What you need to know:
Rotorua Mini Marathon – Friday 7 May
This event will be held at Rotorua Energy Events Centre on Friday 7 May. Children in Years 1 – 8 will be completing a 2km circuit around the Government Gardens.
The Events Centre carpark will be closed from the Museum roundabout. Entry to the Sulphur Point area will be via Hatupatu Drive (behind the Museum and Events Centre).
Rotorua Marathon – Saturday 8 May
Rotorua Energy Events Centre carpark will be available to marathon entrants only. Entrance to the carpark will be via Hatupatu Drive.
Road closures this weekend:
Friday 7 – Saturday 8 May
- Friday 7 May - 7am – 3pm Rotorua Mini Marathon – Hatupatu Drive from Queens Drive to Sulphur Point to be closed as the athletes begin each race. The road will be progressively opened behind the athletes.
- Saturday 8 May - Rotorua Marathon - Queens Drive closed from 6am - 6pm.
The following roads will be closed from 7.45am and progressively opened behind the athletes. This will happen no later than 10am:
- Arawa Street lake side only
- Fenton Street from Arawa Street to Whakaue Street lake side only
- Ranolf Street from Arawa Street to Lake Road lake side only
- Kuirau Park entrance off Ranolf Street
- Lake Road from Ranolf Street to Railway Road lake side only
Traffic management will be in place at:
- Saturday 8 May from 9am – 1.30pm Hamurana Road from Unsworth Road to State Highway 33 Mourea will be progressively opened behind the last athletes.
- A stop-go will be in place on Mourea Bridge to allow entrants to cross.
- There will be a road closure in place at the entrance of Vaughan Road from Te Ngae Road (town end) from 9am through to last athletes passing through.
- The right hand lane at the intersection Sala Street turning on to Te Ngae Road will be closed from 8am – 11am.
- The left lane Amohau Street/Te Ngae Road will be closed from Hinemaru Street through to Sala Street intersection from 8am - 11am.