Tasman Valley Road is a windy but fairly paved road located in the Mt Cook National Park, on New Zealand's South Island.
The road is 7.2km long. It leads to Wakefield Falls, one of the tallest and most attractive waterfalls in the Mt Cook National Park and the Lake Tasman. A side trip to the Blue Lakes offers good swimming in summer and a chance to see New Zealand smallest bird, the ever-chirpy rifleman. The road was asphalted in 2014. The weather can turn very quickly in this area. Both night time and daytime temperatures can plummet without warning, make sure you are well prepared with the correct gear. Snow is often a regular occurrence in winter. Sandflies can be present in low numbers, insect repellent is recommended.
The drive offers stunning views of the 27 km Tasman glacier, the longest in New Zealand. At the end of the road there’s a parking with some table for a picnic and toilets. Beyond the car park, it is a rough track which you want not want to use with a car, the Tasman Valley Road 4X4 track. The road attracts about 60,000 visitors a year. Rapidly changing weather.
Pic: Ben Campbell