the world's most spectacular roads

New Zealand

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.

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.

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.

Crown Range Road

The Crown Range Road is a memorable journey located in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand, linking Queenstown and Wanaka. It’s one of the highest roads in the country reaching an altitude of 1.121m (3,677ft) above the sea level.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Takaka Hill

Takaka Hill is a mountain pass at an elevation of 791 metres above the sea level, located in the northwest of the South Island of New Zealand. The summit is traversed by the State Highway 60, following the valleys of the Takaka River to the northwest and the Riwaka River to the southeast.

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.

Milford Road

The 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.

Danseys Pass

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

Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street is a street 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.

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