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Reminder - Overnight closures SH1 between Taupō and Tūrangi from Monday 12 October


State Highway 1 between Taupō and Tūrangi will be closed from 7pm to 5am starting Monday 12 October until Friday 16 October.

The closure is required to allow Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contractors to complete a new layer of asphalt on the road, both at Te Pōporo/Bulli Point and further north at Te Toki point.

Access south of the Taupō Airport roundabout, or north of the SH1/SH41 intersection will be for residents only while the road is closed. Emergency services will have full access through the work site if required.

Outside of the closure hours the road will be open for traffic in both directions as normal.

Detour information

  • From Tūrangi, the northbound detour will be via State Highway 41, on to State Highway 32 and then Poihipi Road to Taupō. Through traffic heading north should use SH32 to Tokoroa. The southbound detour will be in reverse.
  • For a journey between Tūrangi and Taupō the detour will add an extra 40 to 45 minutes over and above the normal 45-minute journey time via SH1 Tūrangi to Taupō. The total travel time is approximately 1.5hrs.
  • While the road closure will be in place from 7pm we would encourage motorists to complete their travel well before then as the contractors will be setting up traffic management from 6pm and this may cause delays.

New speed limits in place

The new reduced speed limits between Taupō and Tūrangi take effect from Monday 12 October 2020. 

More details can be found here: 
SH1 Taupō Airport to Turangi speed limits

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience. 


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