Port Jackson Road is a terrifying coastal drive in NZ

Located at the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand, Port Jackson Road is a very rugged road with stunning views. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Port Jackson Road

Can you drive to Port Jackson?

The road is totally unpaved at the water's edge, with no corrugations. It’s 25.8 km (16.03 miles) long, running south-north from Colville Road to Port Jackson. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous drop offs. Drops of hundreds of meters with no guardrail between your car and a free fall can cause severe cases of vertigo. The road has some narrow parts, so proceed cautiously and hope no other vehicles come from the other direction. Start your ride early to avoid the crowds.

Is the road to Port Jackson worth it?

Running along the coast, the drive offers stunning coastal views. If you're afraid of heights, it's probably best to keep your eyes forward. 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. Some of the highlights of this road are the stunning beaches and outdoor activities on offer.

How long does it take to drive to Port Jackson?

Plan about 1 hour to complete the drive without any stop. 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.
Pic: thomas schmutz