Between 2009 and 2018, there were 629 crashes, six people were killed and 26 were seriously injured on these roads. We need to do something to turn this around.
We spoke to Rotorua Lakes Council, locals, community groups, businesses and a range of road user industry groups about the current speed limits in urban Rotorua. We heard people say the current speeds on SH5 and SH30 were unsafe and they’d like to see more consistent speeds and some lowered.
On SH5, people are concerned about the speed between Hemo Road roundabout and just south of the Waipa State Mill Road. It feels unsafe as there’s a blind corner and it’s busy with logging trucks and cars coming in and out of Waipa State Mill Road.
We have other projects in the area, including our work on the SH30 Eastern Corridor (as part of the Connect Rotorua programme) and we know there are other changes people want to see, like making some busy roads four lanes. Reviewing the speed limits is one of the best things we can do to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured, it doesn’t mean we can’t make other changes. Safer speeds are safer for all road users.
Our priority is to make this state highway network safer as soon as possible so that everyone can get to where they are going safely.
What we're proposing
Based on the Technical Assessment and feedback gained in the engagement phase, Waka Kotahi is proposing the following safer speed limits:
||Current speed limit (km/h)
||Proposed new speed limit (km/h)
|SH5 – 70m northwest of Malfroy Road (existing speed limit change point) to 258m south of the SH5/SH30 Old Taupō Road/Hemo Road roundabout.
|SH5 – 258m south of the SH5/SH30 Old Taupō Road/Hemo Road roundabout to 400 south of Waipa State Mill Road.
|SH30 - 258m south of the SH5/SH30 Old Taupō Road/Hemo Road roundabout to 185m north of Alfred Road.
||80, 60, 50, 70, 60, 70
|SH30 - 258m south of the SH5/SH30 Old Taupō Road/Hemo Road roundabout to 185m southwest of SH5/SH30 intersection.
|SH30 – Whakarewarewa electronic variable school speed zone, 50m west of McIntyre Avenue to 200m south of Scott Street intersection.
||Variable speed limit 30
|SH30 - 185m north of Alfred Road to 140m northeast of Rotokawa Road.
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Formal consultation on new speed limit proposals is required under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limit (2017).
Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limit (2017)(external link).
Submissions closed at 5pm on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
View the Speed Limit Review on the Rotorua Lakes City Council website(external link) (Rotorua Lakes Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are working together to review local road and state highway speed limits in and around Rotorua)
How speed reviews work
More information about speed and the speed review process is available.
Speed Review Programme(external link)