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SH33 Paengaroa and SH33/30 Ōkere Falls to Rotokawa Road speed consultation

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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits along SH33 Paengaroa and SH33/30 Ōkere Falls to Rotokawa Road.

  • Project type

    Speed review

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SH33 Paengaroa speed review map
Project maps, (PDF)
Consultation guide
Public consultation, (PDF)
Consultation guide in Te Reo Māori
Public consultation, (PDF)

We’re making State Highway 33 safer with improvements like road safety barriers and wide centrelines. But we also know people feel speed limits aren’t safe along SH33 and SH30.

Based on what we’ve learnt, we’re proposing changes to these speed limits so they’re safe and right for the road.

Before we make a decision we want to hear from you.

What we know

We’ve talked to the community and others about making this stretch of road safer. People have told us that speeds feel too high to be safe.

Five people died and 26 people were seriously injured in crashes on these roads between 2009 and 2018.

There are hazards like narrow road shoulders and steep drop offs or ditches on the roadside. There are more vehicles, including heavy vehicles, driving through areas where people live, as well in places popular for recreation, walking and cycling.

What we’re proposing

Based on what we know, we think the following would be safer speeds on this section of road:

Location Current speed limit Proposed speed limit
SH33 Paengaroa
70km/h 60km/h
From 120m north of Lemon Road to 110m south-west of Partridge Lane.
SH33 Okere Falls
70km/h 60km/h
From 390m north of Trout Pool Road to 1,566m south of Trout Pool Road.
SH33 Okere Falls south to Waipuna Bay
100km/h 80km/h
From 1,566m south of Trout Pool Road to 703m north-east of Hamurana Road.
SH33 Waipuna Bay, through Mourea, to Okawa Bay
100/70km/h 60km/h
From 703m north-east of Hamurana Road to 64m south of Okawa Bay Road.
SH33 Okawa Bay to Tikitere
100km/h 80km/h
From 64m south of Okawa Bay Road to the SH33/SH30 intersection.
SH33/SH30 Intersection Speed Zone
100km/h 80/60km/h

We’re proposing an Intersection Speed Zone which would temporarily lower the speed limit to 60km/h when someone is turning right into or out of SH30 east.

SH30 Tikitere to Rotokawa Road
100km/h 80km/h
From 353m east of the SH33/SH30 intersection to 140m north of Rotokawa Road.

SH33/30 Okere Falls to Rotokawa Road

Community engagement

During September 2019, we asked the public for feedback to set permanent new speed limits slong SH33 through Paengaroa and SH33/30 between Ōkere Falls to Rotokawa Road.

Feedback has now closed.

How speed reviews work

More information about speed and the speed review process is available on the Speed Review Programme webpage.

Intersection Speed Zones

Intersection Speed Zones are electronic signs that detect when someone is turning into or out of a side road and temporarily reduce the legal speed limit on the state highway (usually from 100 km/h to 60km/h or 70km/h). They also do this when someone is crossing the state highway from a side road. Intersection Speed Zones are sometimes called rural intersection activated warning signs or RIAWS and are already being successfully used around the country to improve intersection safety with minimal delays for road users.

Watch the video below to learn about how Intersection Speed Zones work. More information can be found on our Intersection Speed Zones web page.