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Project introduction

SH33, from the outskirts of Rotorua near Te Ngae Junction to Paengaroa, has been identified as high-risk rural road. Safety improvements are underway to reduce the number of people being killed and seriously injured on this road.

  • Estimated project cost

    $34.5 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


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Project overview – Tirohanga whānui kaupapa

To reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on New Zealand roads, Waka Kotahi will deliver proven and effective safety interventions to make our roads safer for all users. These safety improvements are being delivered as part of Road to Zero, to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on New Zealand's roads.

How we can make SH33 safer

To make this stretch of road safer we are making the following safety improvements:

  • installing new signs, line marking and landscaping to create slower speed environments in Paengaroa, Okere Falls and Mourea
  • making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists from Hamurana Road to Ōkere Falls
  • installing a new south bound passing lane to provide safer passing opportunities
  • improving signs and road markings
  • widening the centreline to increase the distance between oncoming traffic
  • installing short sections of flexible roadside barriers, protection against roadside hazards
  • laying rumble strips to give distracted or tired drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the line
  • widening and sealing roadside shoulders to provide extra room
  • implementing safer speed limits.

What's happening – He aha rā? Kaupapa


We’re currently working on upgrading the final sections of this safety improvements project. Work is now underway either side of the Sun Valley Curves passing lane. This project is expected to be finished early 2023.

The SH33 project map below shows what has been completed and what is left to be upgraded.

View larger SH33 project map [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Mourea and Ōkere Falls shared path

The shared path and four pedestrian islands are expected to be finished mid-2022.

View larger shared path map [PDF, 242 KB]