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New Zealands best drives

View Poll Results: Top 10 as ranked by stuff -Which ones have you done, which did they miss out?
Stratford - Taumarunui ("Forgotten World Highway")
16.67%
Taihape - Napier ("Gentle Annie")
33.33%
Motueka - Collingwood
16.67%
Maungatapere - Kaikohe
0
0%
Westport - Kohaihai ("Karamea Highway")
50.00%
Chch-Culverden-Hanmer-Maruia Springs-Reefton-Westport-Punakaiki-Greymouth-Arthur's Pass-Chch
83.33%
Christchurch - Motunau Beach - Kaikoura
33.33%
Gisborne to Opotiki ("East Cape")
16.67%
Murupara to Wairoa ("SH38 through Te Urewera National Park")
16.67%
Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch
50.00%
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New Zealands best drives

Old Apr 18th 2019, 12:49 pm
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Smile New Zealands best drives - Which have you done? Which would you add?

I love going for a good ride/drive and with the weather starting to get cooler it's a great way to get out of the house and go away for a weekend.

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Rats. I missed the Motueka to Collingwood or onto Farewell Spit drive. We like to do this as once over the Takaka Hill it is like being in another land. It is stunning.

The drive down the South Island West Coast is spectacular and we've had guests that have done the OZ great ocean road trip and say that it certainly rivals that.
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Rats. I missed the Motueka to Collingwood or onto Farewell Spit drive. We like to do this as once over the Takaka Hill it is like being in another land. It is stunning.
I've never done Takaka Hill, must get down to the South Island more often .The drive I’d rank quite highly is SH35 Gisborne to Opotiki (“East Cape”), it’s the best part of a days drive became the road follows the coast but it’s so incredibly unpopulated (i.e. brim the car before starting!) and scenic.

A few of the lesser roads/tracks are also worthwhile if you happen to be in the area:
- Skipper Canyon Road is...an experience (certainly more of an experience than it is an actual road!)
- Port Jackson Road: Coromandel coast.
- Cape Palliser: Good lighthouse lookout and the pinnacles where Lord of the Rings something or other (I don't know, didn't watch the films.)
- Duffer Saddle Road: Some fords to navigate so you need ground clearance even if just a soft-roader.
- Baldwin Street (Steepest street in the world, maybe.)
- Wards Pass: Over the Kaikoura Ranges.
- Pomarangai Road: Whareorino Forest in the King Country.
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None of the above

SH6 Wanka to Haast (between lakes Hawea and Wanaka)

Danseys pass ( mostly unsealed) between Duntroon and Naseby
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Danseys pass (mostly unsealed) between Duntroon and Naseby
Added to my list, have never done before.

Ocean Beach Drive in Wellington was also recommended to me but it's a 4WD track (or sometimes...just driving on the beach), you have to do it while the tide is out and you need to go round to the council offices to get the key.
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Cross country through the Catlins Park was good to Owaka.

Cardrona Pass through the Crown Range soon after sunup in winter was fantastic, just fantastic.



The real scenery though is when you leave the blacktop and get onto the gravel roads. This one on Banks Peninsular was genuinely awesome:


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Spectacular scenery!
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