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Speed restrictions in place next Thursday for World Rafting
Champs at Okere Falls SH33


The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that due to the 2013 World Rafting Championships being held on Thursday and Friday, 21 and 22 November at Okere Falls on SH33. Speed restrictions and stop/go traffic management will be in place.

The current speed limit of 70km/h will be reduced to 30km/h to allow for motorists and pedestrians attending the rafting event to park and walk safely along designated areas.

The Transport Agency says there will be no parking permitted along State Highway 33 and dedicated pedestrian crossings controlled by manual traffic  stop/go operation is being provided to allow for safe movements across the highway. 

Highways Manager, Brett Gliddon says “We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause people planning to travel through this area on those days, and we will make every effort to minimise any disruption.”

“This is an important world class event for the Rotorua area and we want to support that by ensuring the safety of those attending as well as the travelling public”, says Mr Gliddon.

The NZ Transport Agency’s website is regularly updated with information about most closures and detours at  This information is also available by phoning the Transport Agency’s free phone on 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49), which can also be used to report any significant road issues or hazards.

Coincidently, drivers can now subscribe to On The Move which is a free service providing information about road closures, road works and driving conditions on their frequently used routes - to sign up, go to link).  

For more information please contact:

Glenda Dobbyn
Media Manager
Waikato and Bay of Plenty region

T: 07 928 7908
M: 021 021 67217

The NZ Transport Agency works to create transport solutions for all New Zealanders - from helping new drivers earn their licences, to leading safety campaigns to investing in public transport, state highways and local roads.