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SH1 Taupō Airport to Turangi speed review

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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency is seeking public input into proposals to set permanent new speed limits on State Highway 1 between Taupō Airport and Turangi.

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    Speed review

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We want to make our roads safer for everyone so in September 2019, we asked the public for feedback on current and proposed speed limits on SH1 Taupō Airport to Motuoapa. We’ve read all the feedback and used these insights along with our technical analysis to identify safe and appropriate speed limits for this road.

The community feedback indicated that most people support lowering speed limits through the settlements along the route, at Motutere campground and past the Kura in Waitahanui. Speed outside the kura was of significant concern for the local community so we are also proposing a 40km/h variable speed zone during school drop-off and pick-up times.

We also heard that people were concerned about speeds further south of Motuoapa so we extended our review area to Turangi.

Read the community engagement summary [PDF, 668 KB]

What we know

Between 2009 and 2018 there were 293 crashes on this route. Eleven people died and 34 were seriously injured.

Residential development and holiday activity mean current speed limits in Waitahanui, Te Rangiita and Motuoapa may no longer be suitable and the mix of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists using the route causes safety issues. There are also tight and difficult corners for drivers to negotiate in some locations and hazards such as steep drops.

What we’re proposing

Based on what we know, we think the following would be safer speeds on the route:

Location Current speed limit Proposed new speed limit
230m north of Anzac Memorial Dr, Taupō South to 660m north of Awhi Rd, Waitahanui 100km/h 80km/h
660m north of Awhi Rd to 80m south of Wairau Ave, Waitahanui, with a 40km/h variable school speed zone during school drop off and pick up times 70km/h 60km/h (Variable 40km/h school speed limit)
240m north of Rereahu Ave, Hatepe to 1.34km south of Te Heuheu Rd 100km/h 80km/h
1.34km south of Te Heuheu Rd to 160m south of Waitapu Rd, Bulli Point 100km/h 60km/h
160m south of Waitapu Rd, Motutere to 130m north of Rawhira Rd, Waitetoko 100km/h 80km/h
130m north of Rawhira Rd, Waitetoko to 170m south of Oruatua Ave, Te Rangiita 100km/h, 70km/h 60km/h
140m north of Rangimoana Ave to 130m south of Parekarangaranga St, Motuoapa 70km/h 60km/h
130m south of Parekarangaranga St, Motuoapa to 230m south of Waiotaka Rd, Turangi 100km/h 80km/h
230m south of Waiotaka Rd to 330m south of Te Arahori St, Turangi 80km/h 60km/h

taupo to turangi speed review map

What are variable school speed zones?

Electronic variable school zone signs are an enforceable speed limit that can be activated during peak school traffic times.

The school zone speed limit may operate from 35 minutes before school until the start of school and from five minutes before school ends until 20 minutes after school ends. It may also operate for 10 minutes at any time when children cross the road or enter or leave vehicles at the roadside.

When the school zone is active the speed limit is 50km/h and will be display on an electronic sign, at all other times the speed limit is 60km/h.

How speed reviews work

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