Island Saddle is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.347m (4,419ft) 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.
Pic: Bri C