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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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 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.
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 is a very scenic drive in the Port Hills, a mountain range of hills in Canterbury, New Zealand.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tasman Valley Road is a windy but fairly paved road located in the Mt Cook National Park, on New Zealand's South Island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.