Driving the unpaved road to Mount Dobson in NZ

Mount Dobson is a ski resort at an elevation of 1,748m (5,734 ft) above the sea level located in the Mackenzie region of the South Island in New Zealand. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Mount Dobson Access Road

Is the road to Mount Dobson unpaved?

The access road to the ski resort, affectionately known as Dobo to the locals, is unpaved. The mountain road to the top is smooth, one of the best alpine roads in the country. Weather conditions can be changeable throughout the day, and mountain visitors are advised to be prepared and carry basic survival equipment. Be aware of bends and blind corners. Please carry snow chains at all times.

How long is the road to Mount Dobson?

The access road is reasonably well-maintained and is suitable for most camper vans, small cars, buses, etc. Starting from the paved State Highway 8 (Fairlie-Tekapo Road), the road is 14.8 km (9.19 miles) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1,292 meters. The average percentage is 8.72%.

Is the drive to Mount Dobson worth it?

Plenty of parking is available at the top. This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. The climb to the peak of Mount Dobson offers spectacular views over Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and across to Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, New Zealand’s highest peaks.
Pic: http://www.powderhounds.com/NewZealand/Mt-Dobson/Getting-There.aspx