Port Jackson Road

Port Jackson Road, a terrifying coastal drive in NZ

Located in the north of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand Port Jackson Road is a pretty rugged road. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory and fully charged batteries because the end result is worth it. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day.

This rough road is 25.7 km long running along the coast, with stunning coastal views. There are some narrow sections -scarcely wide enough for two cars- where if two vehicles have to pass each other, one might have to reverse for some kilometers of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass.

Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road.  This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The road is all gravel road with a lot of exiting views. On one side of the drive  you will enjoy the extensive hilly surrounding and on the other side you will have awesome views of the rough, wild ocean! It shouldn’t be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. 

The road is terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. It’s a well maintained gravel road but is a single lane road that caters for 2-way traffic with many crests and blind corners. During winter the road is relatively quiet but during the summer months, especially mid December to mid January, it is highly trafficked with campervans, trucks and vehicles towing boats. Caution is advised at all times but during the Christmas holiday season it is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road.

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.