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State Highway 47
Route information
Maintained by NZ Transport Agency
Length48.7 km (30.3 mi)
Major junctions
Southwest end SH 4 at National Park
Major intersections SH 48 near National Park
SH 46 (Lake Rotoaira Road) near Papakai
Northeast end SH 41 (Tokaanu Road) at Tokaanu
CountryNew Zealand
Highway system
SH 46 SH 48

State Highway 47 (SH 47) is a New Zealand state highway in the central North Island. It provides a link from SH 4 at National Park to SH 41 at Tokaanu just west of Turangi.

For its entire length, SH 47 is a single carriageway road with one lane in each direction and at-grade intersections and property accesses. There are no significant towns on the route. The New Zealand Transport Agency classifies the section of SH 47 as an arterial route south of the SH 46 intersection and a primary collector route north of the SH 46 intersection.[1]


SH 47 travels in a general northeast direction from National Park across the Tongariro volcanic plateau. 9 km from its starting point it reaches the junction of SH 48 which connects to Whakapapa Village and the ski area on the northern slopes of Mount Ruapehu. A further 14 km north-west is the junction with Lake Rotoaira Road (SH 46), an alternative route to SH 1 and the Desert Road. SH 47 continues for a further 25 km over the Te Ponanga Saddle until it reaches its terminus with SH 41. From here eastbound is a short distance to Turangi.

Route Changes and Former Spurs

SH 47 used to have a spur road, SH 47A, which ran from Lake Rotoaira Road to SH 1 at Rangipo. In the 1980s this highway became part of SH 47 and the spur road revoked. A few years later SH 47 was rerouted back to its original route.

In 1997 the formerly designated section of SH 47A regained state highway status as a new designation of SH 46.

Major junctions

Territorial authorityLocationkmmiDestinationsNotes
Ruapehu DistrictNational Park00.0 SH 4 south – Whanganui
SH 4 north – Taumarunui, Hamilton
SH 47 begins
 95.6 SH 48 – Whakapapa Village
 2616 SH 46 – Rangipo
Taupō DistrictTokaanu4629 SH 41 west – Tokaanu, Taumarunui
SH 41 east to SH 1 – Turangi, Taupō
SH 47 ends
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ "One Network Road Classification: North Island State Highways" (PDF). New Zealand Transport Agency. Retrieved 9 February 2020.