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Skippers Canyon Road

The Skippers Canyon Road, located in in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island, is today one of New Zealand's better known scenic roads and unbelievably scary as it’s totally narrow and different to manouvre your car. This gravel road, with a length of 16,5 miles, carved by hand by miners over 140 years ago is made from a very narrow cut in the middle of a sheer cliff face. It’s a road so dangerous that your rental car insurance won’t be honored if you drive on it. 

 

Baldwin Street is a street located in Dunedin, New Zealand. It’s considered the world's steepest residential street. The angle is 35 per cent - but the steepest section is made from concrete because asphalt would run down the hill on a hot day.


The Crown Range Road is a memorable road located in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand, linking Queenstown and Wanaka. It’s one of the highest roads in the country reaching an altitude of 1.121m (3,677ft) above the sea level.

Treble Cone Access Road

Treble Cone Access Road is a very picturesque unsealed road located within the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. The road is extremely steep, with a gradient average of 12%. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

 

The Remarkables road is a 13,2km gravel road climbing up to the Remarkables ski fields, at an elevation of 1.622m (5,321ft) above the sea level, located in Otago, South Island of New Zealand. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

 

Access Road to Mount Cheeseman is an unsealed road located in New Zealand's South Island. The access road is suitable for 2WD vehicles with chains. The road climbs up to 1.550m (5,085ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

 

Lindis Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 971 m (3,186 ft) above the sea level, linking the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. The actual pass crosses a saddle between the valleys of the Lindis and Ahuriri Rivers. For many months of the year, you can expect to see snow in this mountainous area - often down to the roadside.

 

Duffers Saddle is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.275m (4,183 ft) above the sea level, located in the Old Woman Range, in Central Otago, New Zealand. The road over the pass has steep sections and several fords. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.


The Milford Road is a 120km (75 miles) awesome scenic drive in South West New Zealand that offers a dramatic, beautiful, journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand partly because of its gorgeous, naturalistic views, which are captured in Milford Road in the middle of the Southern Alps. Think mighty cliffs, snow-capped summits, waterfalls and fern trees that stick their middle fingers (or branches) up to gravity.

 

Mount Olympus Access Road is an unsealed access road located in Craigieburn Range, on New Zealand's South Island. Mt Olympus is famous for two things – awesome snow, and the gnarliest access road in the area. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.


Takaka Hill is a mountain pass at an elevation of 791 metres above the sea level, located in the northwest of the South Island of New Zealand. The summit is traversed by the State Highway 60, following the valleys of the Takaka River to the northwest and the Riwaka River to the southeast.

 

Takarau Gorge Road is a short road with a length of 7,7km located in Wellington, New Zealand. Sections of this road are closed often due to flooding.



Danseys Pass, at an elevation of 935 m (3,068 ft) above the sea level, is a mountain pass located in the Kakanui Mountains, between Central Otago and North Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Old Dunstan Road, also known as The Dunstan Trail, is a 4x4 track located in the Otago Region in the South Island of New Zealand.

Waikaremoana Road is a scenic tour of one of the North Island's most remote places. The road, with a length of 38,9 km is part of the New Zealand State Highway 38 in the North Island of New Zealand.

Located in the north of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand Port Jackson Road is a pretty rugged road. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory and fully charged batteries because the end result is worth it. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day.

Island Saddle is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.347 m (4,419 ft) above the sea level located in the Crimea Range, in Canterbury, New Zealand. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

 

Paekakariki Hill Road is one of the most beautiful roads in Australia. Located in the south-western North Island of New Zealand, this short coastal road was built in 1849.

Ohau Mountain Access Road

Ohau Mountain Access Road is a 9.3km good metal access road located in the Ohau Range in the Mackenzie High Country, not far from the Mt Cook region on the South Island of New Zealand. The road is extremely steep, with a gradient average of 10.1%.

 

Porters Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 939 m (3,081 ft) above the sea level, located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island.

 

Wards Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.145 m (3,757 ft) above the sea levell, located in the Rachel Range of the Inland Kaikoura Ranges of New Zealand's northern South Island. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

 

Tasman Valley Road is a windy but fairly smooth metalled road located in New Zealand's South Island.

 

Waipu Gorge Road is a windy but fairly smooth metalled road located in the Northland Region of New Zealand.

 

Arthur's Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 739 m (2,425 ft) above the sea level, located within the Arthurs Pass National Park, the major national park in the center of the South Island New Zealand.

 

Pomarangai Road is a very scenic drive running through the Whareorino Forest, in the western King Country of New Zealand.

 

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