Mount Dobson Access Road

The unpaved access 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 in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

The access road to the ski resort, affectionally known as Dobo to the locals, is unpaved. It’s 14.8 km (9.19 miles) long. The mountain road to the top is smooth: one of the best alpine roads in the country. Weather conditions can be changeable over the day, and mountain visitors are advised to be prepared and carry basic survival equipment.

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%.
Plenty of parking is available at the top. This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. 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.