Skippers Canyon Road

Skippers Canyon Road: narrow and only for experienced drivers

Tucked away in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island, Skippers Canyon Road 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 unpaved road, 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.

Queen Charlotte Drive

Queen Charlotte Drive, a scenic coastal road in NZ

Located in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island, Queen Charlotte Drive is a spectacular winding road that links the towns of Havelock and Picton. It's one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.

Tasman Valley Road

The windy paved Tasman Valley Road

Tasman Valley Road is a windy but fairly paved road located in the Mt Cook National Park, on New Zealand's South Island.

Forgotten World Highway

Forgotten World Highway, one of the world's top drives

Forgotten World Highway is one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. This highly memorable driving journey is remote and mysterious to the extreme. This scenic route winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and passes through the 180-metre-long, single lane, Moki tunnel. It has been ranked as one of the 10 worst roads in New Zealand by the Police. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Old Dunstan Road

Old Dunstan Road: Ultimate 4wd destination

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.

Te Mata Peak

A drive up the legendary Te Mata Peak

Te Mata Peak is a mountain peak at an elevation of 399m (1,309ft) above the sea level, located in the Te Mata Hills in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. The drive is a real thrill and the views from the top are amazing.

Crown Range Road

Crown Range Road, often covered in snow and ice

Crown Range Road is a memorable journey located in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s an exhilarating road with hairpin bends, serpentines and steep grades.

Nevis Road

Nevis Road, not at all suitable for 2WD vehicles

Nevis Road is an absolute classic 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.

Treble Cone Access Road

Treble Cone Access Road, a steep unsealed drive in NZ

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

The Remarkables, one of the most sensational roads of NZ

The Remarkables Road is a 13,2km (8.2mi) scenic journey 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.

French Pass Road

French Pass, one of the most scenic roads in NZ

French Pass Road is an amazing journey to the north end of the South Island of New Zealand. The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! Overseas visitors rate it the most scenic drive in the country surpassing Milford and Queenstown.

Summit Road

Summit Road, a narrow scenic drive in New Zealand

Summit Road is a very scenic drive in the Port Hills, a mountain range of hills in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Takaka Hill

Takaka Hill: this drive is well worth the time

Takaka Hill is a mountain pass at an elevation of 791m (2,595ft) above the sea level, located in the northwest of the South Island of New Zealand.

Mount Hutt Access Road

Mount Hutt Access Road, a steep single-lane dirt road

Mount Hutt Skifield Access Road is a steep, winding, dirt road with no guardrail, located to the west of the Canterbury Plains in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Haast River Bridge

The narrow Haast River Bridge of NZ

Haast River Bridge is one lane bridge over the Haast River on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It’s one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. 

Lindis Pass

Lindis Pass, one of New Zealand's highest roads

Lindis Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 971m (3,186ft) 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.

Bruce Road-Whakapapa ski field

Bruce Road, a steep climb to Whakapapa ski field

Bruce Road is a 2-lane, 6 km (3.7 mi) sealed road located on the northern side of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand's Tongariro National Park. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Cape Palliser Road

Cape Palliser Road, one of NZ's best coastal drives

Located on the southern coast of New Zealand's North Island, Cape Palliser Road is dramatically scenic and one of the best coastal drives in the world. It’s remote, quiet, charming and unpredictable.

Milford Road

Milford Road, one of the most scenic experiences on four wheels

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. 

Paekakariki Hill Road

Paekakariki Hill Road, one of the most beautiful coastal drives

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

Porters Pass

Travel guide to the top of Porters Pass

Porters Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 948m (3,110ft) above the sea level, located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island.

Danseys Pass

Driving the wild Danseys Pass

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

Haast Pass

Haast Pass, a beautiful alpine scenic road in NZ

Haast Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 569m (1,866ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between the West Coast and the Otago regions of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s said to be one of the most beautiful alpine scenic routes in the country.

Mount Dobson Access Road

The unpaved access road to Mount Dobson

Mount Dobson is a ski resort at an elevation of 1.748m (5,734 ft) above the sea level located in the Mackenzie region in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Arthur's Pass

The legendary Arthur's Pass Road in New Zealand

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

Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads in New Zealand

Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads in New Zealand

New Zealand is an amazing country with vibrant cities, rugged countryside, and amazing places to visit and things to do. It is purpose-built for road trips but be warned, some of the most dangerous roads in the world are here. Take a look.

Mount Olympus Access Road

Mount Olympus: a road impassable without a 4wd, snow chains and nerves of steel

Mount Olympus is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.643m (5,360ft) above the sea level located on New Zealand's South Island. The road to the summit is best negotiated by high-clearance 4WD that is able to be equipped with chains if required. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Waikaremoana Road

Travel Guide to the Waikaremoana Road

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.

Ohakune Mountain Road

Ohakune Mountain Road, an alpine road in NZ

Ohakune Mountain Road is a sealed road located on the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand, within Tongariro National Park. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street is said to be the world's steepest residential street

Baldwin Street is 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.

Highest roads of New Zealand

Highest roads of New Zealand

Lying in the south-western Pacific Ocean, most of the landscape of New Zealand is mountainous. The country consists of two main islands a number of smaller islands.  New Zealand's geography includes glaciers, fiords, mountains, plains, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau, and miles of coastline, all within easy reach of each other.

Desert Road

Desert Road: a rather remote drive of NZ

Located in the centre of New Zealand's North Island, the Desert Road is a section of State Highway 1 running along Rangipo's Desert. Be careful as the weather can change very quickly. The scenery is stunning. The area is frequently lashed by wind.

Wards Pass

Wards Pass, closed by snowfalls for long periods

Wards Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.145m (3,757ft) above the sea level, 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.

Port Jackson Road

Port Jackson Road, a terrifying coastal drive in NZ

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.

Mount Cook Road

Mount Cook Road, an absolute must for coastal road lovers

Located in central South Island of New Zealand, Mount Cook Road is a very scenic drive following the length of Lake Pukaki, a glacial lake that has become famous for its milky-blue color. It's one of the best coastal drives in the world.

Otaki Gorge Road

Otaki Gorge Road: plunging drops to rivers and forbidding cliffs

Otaki Gorge Road is a very scenic yet challenging drive following the Otaki River, in the Kapiti Coast District of the North Island of New Zealand. The drive has a history of slips and road damage in heavy rain events.

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