Ngongotahā Roundabout Improvements

The upgrade work completed by Schick provided a safer intersection and better traffic flow for road users, addressed community concerns around safety as well as congestion at peak times.

Project Details


Waka Kotahi, Rotorua District Council


Ngongotahā, Rotorua


$5+ million


Completed Christmas 2021

The SH5/SH36 roundabout was the site of one serious crash and six minor crashes between 2015-2019.

The roundabout upgrade will address community concerns about congestion and provide for a safer and more efficient intersection. Construction included an additional lane around the roundabout, as well as on all approaches to, and exits from, the roundabout.

Initially, the project was expected to take 12 months to complete. COVID lockdowns impact nearly 2 months of delivery however the project was still delivered by Christmas 2022.

Works included:

  • An additional lane around, as well as on all approaches to, and exits from, the roundabout, including a new bypass lane from Ngongotahā to Rotorua.

  • a significant amount of work to the underground services. Upgraded and relocated water mains and power services were installed, and extra ducting added for future services around the area, so the road surface won’t need to be disrupted at a later date.

  • traffic lights installed on SH5 for traffic approaching the roundabout from Hamilton. The traffic lights are phased to ease queues on SH36 when it is busy – predominantly during the weekday morning peaks.
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