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Project introduction

The Eastern Corridor – Stage Two project includes the section of SH30/Te Ngae Road from Iles Road to Rotorua Airport. We are addressing safety and connectivity, while accommodating for future growth and providing better travel choices. The upgrades will be completed in three phases.

  • Estimated project cost

    $35 million for Phase One
  • Project type

    Road improvements, Safety improvements, Walking & cycling
  • Project status


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Phase One: construction

Construction of Phase One (most of the works between Iles Road and Coulter Road), addressing safety and connectivity is underway with the construction of three raised safety platforms. The first months will focus on minor improvements, with major improvements planned for 2022 and 2023, once the Eastern Corridor Stage One from Sala Street to Iles Road is complete.

Eastern Corridor Stage One project page

The upgrade will commence in three consecutive work zones to minimise impact on people travelling in the area:

  • Zone 1: Iles to Basley roads
  • Zone 2: Basley to Ōwhata roads
  • Zone 3: Ōwhata to Coulter roads

Phase One project map:

View downloadable map [PDF, 437 KB]

Phase One improvements include:

  • raised safety platforms at Tennyson Drive, Tumene Drive and Brent Road
  • signalised intersections at Basley Road, Ōwhata Road and Wharenui Road
  • new three-metre-wide shared path from Basley Road to Coulter Road
  • new separate on-road cycling lanes from Iles Road to Coulter Road
  • four lanes between Iles Road and Basley Road, and between Brent Road and Ōwhata Road
  • new pedestrian crossings and refuges, bus stops and safety improvements
  • removal of right-turn out of Brent Road
  • removal of left turn slip lanes onto local roads to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • moving the signalised crossing from current location near Tennyson Drive to Puketāwhero Park.

Phase One received $35 million from the Government’s Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP) funding for construction to support growth and development in eastern Rotorua – with a focus on the Wharenui Road area.

Project overview

The SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage Two project involves the section of SH30/Te Ngae Road from Iles Road to Rotorua Airport.

We are addressing safety and connectivity on the corridor, while accommodating for future growth and providing people with better travel choices.

These improvements will be constructed in three phases and include:

  • Upgrades to key intersections such as Wharenui Road, Ōwhata Road, Basely Road, Brent Road, Lee/Gee roads, and Rotorua Airport/Eastgate Business Park.
  • Walking and cycling improvements such as a new three-metre-wide shared path and separate on-road cycle lane.
  • Four-laning of SH30 sections.
  • Safety improvements such as new pedestrian crossings and safety treatments at intersections.

Overall project timeline

  • Underway – Detailed design and stakeholder engagement.
  • Early-2022 – Construction of Phase One major improvements starts.
  • 2023 – Phase One upgrade completed.
  • Future – Phases Two and Three will be dictated by the growth and development of Rotorua. Both phases are currently unfunded.

This project is part of the Connect Rotorua programme of work, in partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council, to futureproof two of the city’s key transport networks: SH30/Te Ngae Road and SH30A/Amohau Street.

Project background and community engagement

In 2020, working with Council, iwi, key stakeholders and the community, we completed a detailed business case for the Corridor.

Detailed business case [PDF, 6.7 MB]

In the lead up to the detailed business case, we worked closely with Rotorua Lakes Council, iwi and stakeholders to come up with a set of proposed improvements for the corridor. In late-2020, we heard valuable feedback through stakeholder and community engagement which further shaped the improvements.

Summary of the engagement process [PDF, 189 KB]

Key changes we made in late2020 as a result of stakeholder and community feedback:

  • allowing right-turn entry into Brent Road, with right turn exit from Brent Road prohibited (we originally proposed left in/left out only at this intersection)
  • smooth transitions for cyclists and prams at intersections
  • pavement design to reduce noise for residents on the corridor
  • technology for phasing of signal lights to ensure efficient through-traffic flow
  • extending the length of the right-turning bay at the Ōwhata roundabout to allow longer queuing and reduce impacts to through-traffic
  • more pedestrian refuges.

Map of the preferred option [PDF, 84 KB]