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Ngongotahā Western Road detour starts Monday


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises from Monday 10 May a short section of State Highway 36 will be closed, with people travelling from Rotorua to Ngongotahā, Hamurana and Tauranga detoured via State Highway 5 and Western Road.

Map showing detour route for northbound traffic

Western Road detour map [PDF, 181 KB]

The detour does not affect southbound traffic heading into Rotorua. 

This work will be clearly signposted to assist road users in knowing where to go. 

To help with traffic flow the new SH5/SH36 roundabout free flow (slip) lane will be opened and two temporary roundabouts installed - one at the SH5/Western Road turnoff and one in Ngongotahā Village at the SH36/Western Road intersection. Manual traffic control may also be in place at times. 

While the detour is in place there will be extra traffic along Western Road. The detour will be monitored to ensure traffic is flowing and adjusted if necessary. 

The changes are expected to be in place for up to six weeks. 

Motorists are asked to take extra care while the detour is in place, especially at the Ngongotahā Village end. 

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience during this time.

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