State Highway 36 (New Zealand)

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State Highway 36 NZ.svg

State Highway 36
Route information
Maintained by NZ Transport Agency
Length48.0 km (29.8 mi)
Major junctions
North end SH 29 at Tauranga
South end SH 5 at Ngongotahā, 5km north of Rotorua
Pyes Pa
Highway system
SH 35SH 37

State Highway 36 (SH 36) is a New Zealand state highway in the Bay of Plenty region in the North Island. It is one of two state highways (along with SH 33) that form a north–south connection between the cities of Tauranga and Rotorua, SH 36 being the most westerly of the two. It was identified as a quicker route to access the two cities and extensive work was done to upgrade the rural route to state highway quality.

SH 36 is one of two state highways (the other being SH 15) to be gazetted initially in one location, revoked, then gazetted again in another location. SH 36 used to be located in the Gisborne/Hawkes Bay district, some 200 km south east of where it is now, before being revoked in 1991. SH 36 at its current location became a state highway in 2005.

Route description[edit]

SH 36 begins at SH 29 in Tauranga at a roundabout junction with the toll road Takitimu Drive (Route K). SH 36 travels south-east initially before merging with Pyes Pa Road at another roundabout intersection. SH 36 then turns south through Pyes Pa and Ngongotahā before terminating with SH 5 about 5 km north of Rotorua.

Route changes[edit]

Since being gazetted in 2005, SH 36 has had only one route change. This being at its northern terminus where SH 36 originally travelled up Pyes Pa Road and terminated at the roundabout with Cameron Road in the suburb of Greerton. It recently was shifted west to its current terminus, with the deviation along a newly constructed section of highway.[1]

Former route[edit]

Former Provincial State Highway 36 used to run between SH 2 at Patutahi west of Gisborne and SH 38 at Frasertown just north of Wairoa, a distance of 83.4 km. It was revoked in 1991.

Major intersections[edit]

Territorial authority Location km jct Destinations Notes
Tauranga City Tauriko New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg SH 29 west – Hamilton, Auckland
SH 29 north – City Centre, Port (State Highway 2 NZ.svg)
SH 29AGreerton, Mount Maunganui
SH 36 begins
New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Lakes Boulevard
Taurikura Drive
Pyes Pa New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Kennedy Road
Paraone Koikoi Drive
New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Pyes Pa Road – Greerton
Western Bay of Plenty District District south of Tauranga contains no major junctions
Rotorua Lakes Hamurana New Zealand road sign R2-1.svg Hamurana Road – Hamurana SH 36 traffic turns right
Ngongotahā New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg SH 5 south – Rotorua
SH 5 west – Tīrau, Hamilton
SH 36 ends

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Revoking a State Highway and Declaring a Section of State Highway-State Highway 36, Pyes Pa Bypass, Tauranga". NZ Gazette. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2015.

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