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Nevis Road

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Route Overview

Route Overview

This is a stunning scenic gravel road winding through open rolling tussock land following the Nevis River for a good portion of the road. A few river crossings add to the character of the road plus it has some magic high altitude views, a highly recommended route.

Access Information

Access period
Access is normally closed from the first Tuesday in June to 30th September. In the open periods it can however be inaccessible/closed at times of snow or high river levels caused by rain or snowmelt, you can check with DOC for the status
Access permission
No Permission Required
Access cost
No cost

Terrain Information

Grade includes
Grade 2
Terrain includes
Gravel road
Dirt Track
Muddy Terrain
Clay Terrain
Stream Crossings
River Crossings
67 km
Drive time
2 hours (conservative driving one way)

Vehicle Setup

While it is possible to drive this route with road tyres, good condition all terrain tyres are recommended.
Recovery equipment
While this route normally doesn't pose any significant challenges, it is advisable to carry recovery equipment for this route.

GPX Information

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GPX file disclaimer
The highest level of care and attention has gone into ensure the GPS files are as accurate as possible however please be aware that all GPS files on are made available on the basis of USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. has no legal responsibility for use or misuse of any GPS files supplied. It is your responsibility to adequately plan, prepare and keep yourself safe

Routes over riverbeds may require you to deviate from the supplied GPX file due to floods and washouts that can dramatically change the nature and course of a river and riverbed

Additional Information

Toilet facilities
No toilet facilities along this route
Rubbish disposal
Not serviced for rubbish, please take ALL rubbish with you on departure and help us keep New Zealand beautiful and clean, thanks =)

Cautions and Safety

Driver skill level
Suited to all driving skill levels
Driver cautions
Rocks on track
Slippery/greasy terrain
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14/4/2021 - Update by Hansfd


Official Photoset by richardsoult


Video by Jos
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