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Public engagement on the State Highway 5 and State Highway 30 speed review in Rotorua closed Monday 10 August 2020. We have reviewed all the feedback and a summary of the public engagement is available below. The public engagement report outlines the steps taken and what we heard.

Summary of public engagement [PDF, 1.8 MB]

You can also read what others had to say on our interactive online map. 

Interactive online map(external link)

Engagement helps us get feedback and local knowledge on how people use the road and their concerns. This helps when deciding if a speed limit change is the best thing to do to improve road safety, where new speed limits might begin or end, and if any other safety improvements might be needed.

As changing speed limits is a legal process, there are numerous steps to follow when considering changing them.

The next step is formal consultation. After we’ve reviewed the engagement feedback, and if it is recommended to propose new speed limits, we will formally consult with you on our recommendations. As part of this we will share a detailed proposal and ask you if there are any additional factors we need to consider. 

Project updates

SH5 and SH30 Rotorua urban speed review engagement [PDF, 1.2 MB] Public engagement - 13 July 2020

SH5 and SH30 Rotorua urban speed review map [PDF, 254 KB] Project maps 13 July 2020

What we know

  • These roads are used for everything from commuting to freight to tourism. There are a lot of logging trucks on some stretches and an increasing number of people cycling.
  • There is also development planned along these roads, which will make them even busier.
  • We have other projects in the area, including our work on the SH30 Eastern Corridor, and we will continue to keep you updated. We know there are other changes people want to see, like making some busy roads four lanes. Reviewing the speed doesn’t mean we can’t make other changes, but it is one of the best things we can do now to prevent deaths and serious injuries on these roads.
  • Our priority is to make this state highway network safer as soon as possible so that everyone living on, and using it, can get where they are going safely.

Speed limits on SH5 and SH30 are as high as 100km/h but the average speeds are much lower.

Location Current speed limit (km/h) Average speed (km/h)
SH5 – 80m north of Malfroy Road (existing speed limit change point) to 275m south west of the centre of the SH5/SH30 Old Taupō Road/Hemo Road roundabout. 50, 80 46–50
SH5 – 275m south-west of the centre of the SH5/SH30 Old Taupō Road/Hemo Road roundabout (new speed limit change point) to 493m south of Waipa State Mill Road. 80, 100 70–74
SH30 – Centre of the SH5/SH30 Old Taupō Road/Hemo Road roundabout (existing speed limit change point) to 148m north of Alfred Road. 80, 60, 50, 70, 60, 70, 80 54–58
SH30 – 148m north of Alfred Road (new speed limit change point) to 140m north of Rotokawa Road (existing speed limit change point). 80 75–79

Project area

 View larger map [PDF, 254 KB]


How speed reviews work

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

Speed Review Programme