New Zealand

Skippers Canyon Road

Skippers Canyon Road

The Skippers Canyon Road, located 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.

Waikaremoana Road

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.

Bruce Road-Whakapapa ski field

Bruce Road-Whakapapa ski field

Bruce Road is a 2-lane, 13 km 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.

Crown Range Road

Crown Range Road

Crown Range Road is a memorable journey located in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. Exhilarating road with hairpin bends, serpentines and steep grades. It’s one of the highest roads of the country reaching an altitude of 1.121m (3,677ft) above the sea level.

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.

Ohakune Mountain Road

Ohakune Mountain Road

Ohakune Mountain Road is an asphalted 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.

Forgotten World Highway

Forgotten World Highway

The 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 220-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.

Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass

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.

Haast pass

Haast pass

Haast pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 564m (1,850ft) above the sea level, located in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s one of the most beautiful alpine scenic routes in the country.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables

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.

Queen Charlotte Drive

Queen Charlotte Drive

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

Tasman Valley Road

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

Takaka Hill

Takaka Hill

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.

Port Jackson Road

Port Jackson Road

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.

French Pass Road

French Pass Road

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.

Lindis Pass

Lindis Pass

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.

Old Dunstan Road

Old Dunstan Road

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.

Treble Cone Access Road

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.

Milford Road

Milford Road

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.

Paekakariki Hill Road

Paekakariki Hill Road

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.

Mount Cook Road

Mount Cook Road

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.

Danseys Pass

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.

Mount Hutt Access Road

Mount Hutt Access 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.

Nevis Road

Nevis Road

Duffers Saddle is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.275m (4,183ft) 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.