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 road over the pass is gravel. It’s called Nevis Road. There’s a sign on the road warning is the highest public road in New Zealand. The zone is affected by adverse weather.
This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. 2WD vehicles can reach Duffers Saddle for about six months of the year, although the road is better suited to 4WD. Beyond Duffers Saddle, 4WD is required.