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SH33 Te Ngae to Paengaroa

SH33 Te Ngae Junction to Paengaroa

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Project introduction

Road and roadside safety improvements are proposed from the outskirts of Rotorua near Te Ngae, along SH33 to Paengaroa. This road has been identified as high risk rural road, and these safety improvements are part of the nationwide Safe Roads program.

  • Estimated project cost

    $32.7 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


How we can make SH33 safer

We’ve looked at this 36km stretch of road in detail, and reviewed all the community and stakeholder feedback to understand where the main safety issues are. To make this stretch of road safer we are looking to make the following improvements:

  • Side safety barriers to stop your vehicle before you hit something much harder like a tree or power pole.
  • Shoulder widening to provide recovery room for drivers who lose control or need to take evasive action.
  • Wide centre-lines to steer drivers away from each other.
  • Signs and road markings to warn drivers of risks they need to prepare for further down the road such as intersections, stop signs or sharp curves.
  • Rumble strips to give distracted drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the line.
  • Safer speed to reduce the risk and to help drivers to read the road. Travelling the right speed for the road can help minimise the impact of a crash. Speed is the difference between a correctable mistake and a fatal error – in other words, whether we walk way or are carried away on a stretcher.


Following the completion of the safety improvements we expect to see a significant reduction in the deaths and serious injuries rate.

Project phases and timeline


  • Community drop in sessions at Paengaroa, Okere Falls and Mourea
  • Contract awarded to successful contractor


  • Construction starts (completion 2021)