Speed Review - State Highway 8 through Tekapo


UPDATE: The community drop-in session planned for 30 August is now a zoom session in light of the latest Covid-19 Lockdown Level 4. See details below, updated 26 August.

9 August 2021: New speed limits have been proposed for SH8 through Tekapo by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

The new limits follow a public engagement process where Waka Kotahi talked to iwi, the community, the council, local police, AA and local businesses about speed limits and ways to make the main road through the town safer.

“We want to prevent people being killed or seriously injured in crashes,” says Waka Kotahi Director of Regional Relationships, James Caygill.

“No matter what causes a crash, speed is always a factor in the severity of crash outcomes. No crash resulting in death or serious injury is acceptable, so it’s important we take every opportunity to address the risk,” he says.

In the ten-year period between 2011 and 2020, there were 41 crashes on SH8 in Tekapo. Five people were seriously injured as a result, and four people incurred minor injuries.

During earlier engagement, concerns were raised about the current speeds feeling too high to be safe in this expanding and frequently busy township, he says.

“We have also listened to ideas for other improvements that would make this township safer for everyone – residents, visitors and all road users – and these recommendations are included in this proposal also.

“Now it is time to hear back from people formally and ensure we are on the right track.”

Zoom session on Monday afternoon, 30 August 2021

(Switched from a community drop-in session due to Covid-19 alerts)

A Zoom meeting will be held on Monday 30 August 2021 from 3.30 to 4.30pm. Anyone who has questions about the Tekapo Speed Review is welcome to attend. If engaging online is not your thing, you can call Melanie Williams on 021 634 374 with your questions any time before the consultation closes.

Zoom meeting link(external link)

SH8 Tekapo proposed speed changes

The main changes being proposing for Tekapo are to drop the speed limit through the central township area to 50km/h and to add an 80km/h zone to the west of the Tekapo township:




From 152m southeast of Lilybank Road to 31m east of Greig Street

80 km/h

No change 80km/h

From 31m east of Greig Street to 170m west of Lakeside Drive

60 km/h

50 km/h

From 170m west of Lakeside Drive, to 84m west of Tekapo Powerhouse Road

100 km/h

80 km/h

Other safety improvements being proposed for Tekapo at the same time 

  • A new right turn bay into Lakeside Drive.
  • Extend the existing right turn bay into Rapuwai Lane.
  • A new pedestrian refuge (central crossing island) opposite Tekapo Adventures.
  • A new right turn bay into the Challenge Service Station.
  • Extend the existing right turn bay into Domain Road.
  • A new pedestrian refuge (central crossing island) and kerb buildout on the south side of the road opposite the school bus stop near Greig Street.
  • A new pedestrian refuge (central crossing island) and kerb buildouts on both sides of the road opposite the look out and parking area (midway between Pioneer Drive and Hamilton Drive).
  • A new right turn bay into Hamilton Drive.
  • As part of these improvements we will also be adding three new streetlights to complement the pedestrian refuges and upgrading five streetlights. All lighting will be designed to operate in accordance with the Dark Sky criteria for Tekapo.

View downloadable map [PDF, 77 KB]

Have your say

Feedback is due by Friday 10 September 2021.

You can either:

Complete our feedback form online  or

• use the paper form and mail in, or

• email it to sh8tekapo@nzta.govt.nz

Contact Details

SH8 Tekapo Team

Details of these changes can be viewed on the SH8 Tekapo project page from Tuesday afternoon, 10 August.

SH8 Tekapo speed review project page

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