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.

Located in the Kakanui Mountains, the pass lies between the Maniototo plain and the Kakanui Mountains. The surface of the road is gravel and sand. The majority of the road scenically winds through the Kaikanui Mountains. Don’t forget your camera! It’s an absolute must for adventure riding New Zealand if you are in the area. A really nice and well maintained scenic gravel road that winds through both farmland and tussock laced mountain ranges. There is no real need for a 4WD vehicle.

It suffers the harsh meteorological conditions of the area every winter. The road does get busier at weekends and in the main holiday season. It is narrow in places and can be closed by snow during winter. It's very exposed to the weather and you could definitely see snow here, so if there's any hint of bad weather, you should not be up here.It was named after William Heywood Dansey. Much of the road is ocationaly cut directly from the Haast Schist bedrock. The road was built for the owners of large sheep runs, the brothers Allan McLean and John McLean.
Pic: Adam Podroužek


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