State Highway 30 (New Zealand)
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|Maintained by NZ Transport Agency|
|Length||219 km (136 mi)|
|Thermal Explorer Highway|
in concurrency with SH 5
Pacific Coast Highway
Paroa to Whakatane
|Southwest end||SH 3 at Te Kuiti|
|SH 32, SH 1, SH 5, SH 33, SH 34, SH 2|
|Mangakino, Atiamuri, Rotorua, Awakeri|
At 219 kilometres, SH 30 is New Zealand's fifth longest provincial (two-digit) state highway, after SH 25, SH 35, SH 73, and SH 94. With the exception of SH 4, it has junctions with every national (one-digit) state highway in the North Island.
SH 30 starts in the southern end of the Waikato town of Te Kuiti at an intersection with SH 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 Manawatū-Whanganui 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 SH 1 at the Atiamuri Dam. 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.
SH 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 SH 2. Recently, SH 2 has been moved inland, and SH 30 was extended along SH 2's former route to Whakatane.
|Location||SH 5 west of central Rotorua – SH 30 at Ngapuna|
|Length||3.6 km (2.2 mi)|
SH 30 has one spur route – State Highway 30A (SH 30A) in Rotorua.
SH 30A starts west of central Rotorua, at the intersection of Old Taupo Road (SH 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 SH 30 at the intersection of Te Ngae Road and Sala Street.
SH 30A was created after SH 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 Ranolf Street and Fenton Street.
|Waitomo District||Te Kuiti||0|| SH 3 south (Awakino Road) – New Plymouth
SH 3 north (Carroll Street) – Waitomo Caves, Hamilton
|SH 30 begins|
|Benneydale||30||Waimiha Road – Waimiha|
|Taupo District||Mangakino||76||Scott Road|
|Waipapa Road – Mangakino, Te Awamutu|
|Whakamaru||84||SH 32 south (Tihoi Road) – Taupo, Turangi, National Park||SH 30/SH 32 concurrency begins|
|86||Whakamaru Dam (Waikato River)|
|South Waikato District|
|SH 32 north – Tokoroa, Hamilton||SH 30/SH 32 concurrency ends|
|Atiamuri||SH 1 south – Taupo||SH 30/SH 1 concurrency begins|
|Upper Atiamuri||110||SH 1 north – Tokoroa, Hamilton||SH 30/SH 1 concurrency ends|
|Rotorua Lakes||Waipa Village||143||SH 5 south – Taupo||SH 30/SH 5 concurrency begins|
|Whakarewarewa||144||SH 5 north – Hamilton||SH 30/SH 5 concurrency ends|
|145||Fenton Street – City Centre||Former SH 5 route|
|Fenton Park||147||SH 30A (Te Ngae Road) – City Centre, Hamilton|
|Te Ngae||157||SH 33 – Tauranga|
|Whakatane District||Rotoma||194||SH 34 – Kawerau|
|Onepu||205||SH 34 north – Tauranga||SH 30/SH 34 concurrency begins|
|206||SH 34 south – Kawerau||SH 30/SH 34 concurrency ends|
|Te Teko||208||Rangitaiki River Bridge|
|209||Galatea Road – Galatea, Murupara|
|Awakeri||218||SH 2 north – Tauranga||SH 30/SH 2 concurrency begins|
|219||SH 2 south – Opotiki, Gisborne||SH 30/SH 2 concurrency ends|
|Paroa||Pacific Coast Highway – Whakatane Airport, Tauranga|
|Whakatane||229||Pacific Coast Highway (Landing Road) – Town Centre, Opotiki
|SH 30 ends|
|Rotorua Lakes||Rotorua||0|| SH 5 north – Hamilton
SH 5 south – Taupo
|SH 30A begins|
|Pukuatua Street – City Centre|
|Ranolf Street||Former SH 5 route north|
|Fenton Street north – City Centre
Fenton Street south – Taupo
|Former SH 5 route south.|
|Fenton Park||4|| SH 30 east (Te Ngae Road) – Tauranga, Whakatane
SH 30 west (Sala Street) – Taupo, Te Kuiti
|SH 30A ends|
- "State Highways: Numbers Used, Location Descriptors, and Lengths (As at January 2004)" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2008.