An epic enthralling road to Rough Ridge in NZ

Rough Ridge is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.040m (3,412ft) above the sea level, located in the Otago Region in the South Island of New Zealand.

Rough Ridge

The road to the summit is mostly unpaved. It’s called Old Dunstan Road, also known as The Dunstan Trail. The track is 46.1 km (28.64 miles) long, running south-north from New Zealand 87 State Highway, at Clarks Junction to Upper Taieri-Paerau Road. The road is steep in parts.

Set high in the Lammermoor Range, the road ranges from a sealed road to a graveled (gravel, clay and bare rock) track. It’s closed from the first Tuesday in June to 30th of September. In wet conditions, parts of the trail are unrideable because of sticky mud. Much of the route is only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles.
Pic: Mike Restall