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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.

The road over the pass is gravel. It links the Wairau Valley and Hanmer Springs and is called Rainbow Valley-Hanmer Road.

  

The road is for 4x4 vehicles. The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to snow fall. The 112km Rainbow Road crosses private land and is only open for public access from late December to early April.  The road was built in the 1950’s to install electricity pylons to the Nelson and Buller regions and is a historic stock droving route.

 




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>Scenic drives in Norway. Norway has 18 carefully selected scenic drives both in terms of nature/panorama. 
>Romanian high altitude roads. Romania has some amazing roads, real tourist destinations by themselves. 
>Faroese challenging tunnels. Harrowing one lane tunnel on a 2 way road. Kind of frightening to drive through if you're not used to it.
>Highest accessible towns by car on Earth. Permanent settlements occupied year-round, accessible by car.
>The world's best road. The world's best road has just been announced: the N-222 from Peso de Regua to Pinhao in Portugal.
>Longest straight roads in the world. From point A to B in the fastest time possible, sometimes you need to cut corners.
>Highest tunnels in the world. After years of work in rarefied air and frigid temperatures at more than 4,000m, these tunnels are engineering marvels sure to impress anyone.
>The world's northernmost road ends. Get a reliable car, lots of food, water, matches, warm clothing, and gas.

 

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