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Project introduction

SH33, from the outskirts of Rotorua near Te Ngae Junction to Paengaroa, has been identified as high-risk rural road. Safety improvements are underway to reduce the number of people being killed and seriously injured on this road.

  • Estimated project cost

    $34.5 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


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To reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on New Zealand roads, Waka Kotahi will deliver proven and effective safety interventions to make our roads safer for all users. These safety improvements are being delivered as part of Road to Zero, to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on New Zealand's roads.

How we can make SH33 safer

To make this stretch of road safer we are making the following safety improvements:

  • installing new signs, line marking and landscaping to create slower speed environments in Paengaroa, Okere Falls and Mourea
  • making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists from Hamurana Road to Ōkere Falls
  • installing a new south bound passing lane to provide safer passing opportunities
  • improving signs and road markings
  • widening the centreline to increase the distance between oncoming traffic
  • installing short sections of flexible roadside barriers, protection against roadside hazards
  • laying rumble strips to give distracted or tired drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the line
  • widening and sealing roadside shoulders to provide extra room
  • implementing safer speed limits.

What's happening, and when


Construction of the safety improvements is currently underway on the final sections. While we juggle our programme with planned network maintenance, we plan to start the last 3.6km section immediately south of the Sun Valley Curves passing lane in the Spring and will be finished on the safety improvements by mid-2022, subject to weather.

The SH33 project map shows what has been completed and what is left to be upgraded.

SH33 project map [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Hamurana Road and Ōkere Falls Shared Path

Construction of the shared path and four pedestrian islands will start in June 2021 and be completed by October, subject to weather.

Proposed shared path [PDF, 67 KB]