New Zealand State Highway 30

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State Highway 30 NZ.svg

State Highway 30
Route information
Maintained by New Zealand Transport Agency
Length: 219 km (136 mi)
Thermal Explorer Highway
in concurrency with SH 5
Pacific Coast Highway
Paroa to Whakatane
Major junctions
Southwest end: SH 3 at Te Kuiti
  SH 5
Northeast end: Whakatane
Mangakino, Atiamuri, Rotorua, Awakeri
Highway system
SH 29 SH 31

State Highway 30 is a New Zealand State Highway, linking the Waikato and Bay of Plenty towns of Te Kuiti, Mangakino, Rotorua, and Whakatane.

At 219 kilometres, it is New Zealand's fifth longest provincial (two-digit) state highway, after SH 25, SH 35, SH 73, and SH 94.[1] With the exception of State Highway 4, it has junctions with every national (one-digit) state highway in the North Island.

State Highway 30 has the most concurrencies of all the state highways. It shares sections with, from west to east, State Highway 32, State Highway 1, State Highway 5, State Highway 34 (albeit briefly), and State Highway 2.


State Highway 30 starts in the southern end of the Waikato town of Te Kuiti at an intersection with State Highway 3. At first, SH 30 follows the North Island Main Trunk railway south-east as far as Benneydale. The highway then leaves the railway and turns east, crossing into Manawatu-Wanganui briefly as it passes through the Pureora Forest Park. The road now turns north-east and heads for the Waikato River.

Near Mangakino, SH 30 turns sharply south-east, and bypasses the town of Mangakino. Here, the highway meets the Waikato River at the top of Lake Maraetai, and follows the river upstream to Whakamaru, where the concurrency with SH 32 begins. It crosses the Waikato on top of the Whakamaru hydroelectric dam and leaves SH 32 where it continues eastwards on the opposite bank of the Waikato River to State Highway 1 at the Atiamuri Dam.

Meeting State Highway 1, SH 30 runs concurrently with SH 1 northwards for six kilometres. The highway leaves SH 1 at Upper Atiamuri, and heads north-east, over the border into Bay of Plenty, towards the tourist town of Rotorua.

The highway passes through the south-east of Rotorua, then heads north through the suburb of Te Ngae, and up the eastern side of Lake Rotorua. Turning east, the road skims the southern edge of Lakes Rotoiti, Rotoehu, and Rotoma. The road turns north-east passing north of the mill town of Kawerau, and through Te Teko, across the Rangitaiki River, to Awakeri.

After crossing SH 2 at Awakeri, the highway turns north and heads towards the coast. The road then turns east, and crosses the Whakatane River. The highway ends just across the river at the roundabout with Landing Road.

Route Changes[edit]

State Highway 30's only major route change has occurred at the Whakatane end of the highway. The highway originally ended at Paroa, where the highway met State Highway 2. Recently, State Highway 2 has been moved inland, and State Highway 30 was extended along SH 2's former route to Whakatane.

Spur sections[edit]

State Highway 30a NZ.svg

State Highway 30A
Location: SH 5 west of central Rotorua – SH 30 at Ngapuna
Length: 3.6 km (2.2 mi)

State Highway 30 has one spur route - State Highway 30A in Rotorua.

State Highway 30A starts west of central Rotorua, at the intersection of Old Taupo Road (State Highway 5) and Pukuatua Street. SH 30A follows Pukuatua Street eastwards, before going into an S-bend onto Amohau Street, to avoid central Rotorua. The road continues east to Fenton Street, from where SH 30A turns southwest onto a dual carriageway to connect with Te Ngae Road. The highway turns eastwards again, meeting State Highway 30 at the intersection of Te Ngae Road and Sala Street.

State Highway 30A was created after State Highway 5 was moved from its original route through central Rotorua to Old Taupo Road. SH 30A follows part of the old SH 5 route on Amohau Street, between Randolf Street and Fenton Street.

Major Junctions[edit]

Territorial authority Location km Destinations Notes
Waitomo District Te Kuiti 0 State Highway 3 NZ.svg SH 3 north
(Carroll Street)
Waitomo Caves, Hamilton
SH 30 begins
State Highway 3 NZ.svg SH 3 south
(Awakino Road)
New Plymouth
Kopaki 23 (Kopaki Road) to State Highway 4 NZ.svg SH 4 and Taumarunui
Taupo District Mangakino (Waipapa Road)
Mangakino, Te Awamutu
Whakamaru State Highway 32 NZ.svg SH 32 south
(Tihoi Road)
Taupo, Turangi, National Park
SH 30/SH 32 concurrency begins
Whakamaru Hydroelectric Dam
Waikato River
South Waikato District
State Highway 32 NZ.svg SH 32 north
Tokoroa, Hamilton
SH 30/SH 32 concurrency ends
Atiamuri State Highway 1 NZ.svg SH 1 south
SH 30/SH 1 concurrency begins
Upper Atiamuri State Highway 1 NZ.svg SH 1 north
Tokoroa, Hamilton
SH 30/SH 1 concurrency ends
Rotorua District Waipa Village 143 State Highway 5 NZ.svg SH 5/Thermal Explorer Highway south
SH 30/SH 5 concurrency begins
Whakarewarewa 144 State Highway 5 NZ.svg SH 5/Thermal Explorer Highway north
(Old Taupo Road)
SH 30/SH 5 concurrency ends
145 (Fenton Street)
City Centre
Fenton Park 147 State Highway 30a NZ.svg SH 30A
(Te Ngae Road)
City Centre, Hamilton
Te Ngae 157 State Highway 33 NZ.svg SH 33
Whakatane District Onepu State Highway 34 NZ.svg SH 34
State Highway 34 NZ.svg SH 34 north
SH 30/SH 34 concurrency begins
State Highway 34 NZ.svg SH 34 south
SH 30/SH 34 concurrency ends
Te Teko (Galatea Road)
Galatea, Murupara
Awakeri State Highway 2 NZ.svg SH 2 north
SH 30/SH 2 concurrency begins
State Highway 2 NZ.svg SH 2 south
Opotiki, Gisborne
SH 30/SH 2 concurrency ends
Paroa Pacific Coast Highway north
Whakatane Airport, Tauranga
Whakatane 219 Pacific Coast Highway north
(Landing Road)
Whakatane Town Centre
SH 30 ends

SH 30A[edit]

Territorial authority Location km Destinations Notes
Rotorua District Rotorua 0 State Highway 5 NZ.svg SH 5/Thermal Explorer Highway north
SH 30A begins
State Highway 5 NZ.svg SH 5/Thermal Explorer Highway south
(Pukuatua Street)
City Centre
(Fenton Street) north
City Centre
(Fenton Street) south
Fenton Park 4 State Highway 30 NZ.svg SH 30 east
Taupo, Te Kuiti
SH 30A ends
State Highway 30 NZ.svg SH 30 west
Tauranga, Whakatane

See also[edit]