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Napier to Wanganui via Kuripango in the Rahine Range?

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Napier to Wanganui via Kuripango in the Rahine Range?

Hi - seeking some advice please.

We're doing a short 11 night trip over some of the north Island. We love scenic drives...we like to be a little remote, but not dangerously so.

We would like to go from Napier to Wanganui without going through Taupo (an ironman competition means we're going there later), and preferably we'd like to avoid going as far south as Palmerston North, and google maps has thrown up this option...I am a bit sceptical of google maps from past experience...

Is this route do- able in a standard car?

Any information as to road conditions would be appreciated...

Is it a safe option?

I imagine the scenery would be great...

We are looking at doing this early March.

All assistance and suggestions greatly appreciated

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1. Re: Napier to Wanganui via Kuripango in the Rahine Range?

This road is also known as "the Gentle Annie", and did have a reputation for being really rough. It's sealed all the way now, but it is a difficult and windy route. Allow plenty of time. It does get closed in bad weather sometimes.

You might find the following interesting.

stuff.co.nz/motoring/great-nz-roads/6384269/…

historicplaces.org.nz/placestovisit/eastcoas…

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2. Re: Napier to Wanganui via Kuripango in the Rahine Range?

hi Selsy

Thanks for this. sounds just what we're looking for - the road appeared to be almost all dirt from looking at google street view, but it must be old footage

We'll check locally with the weather gurus before we set off. We like slow .. it's the best way to get the feel of the country.

many thanks

3. Re: Napier to Wanganui via Kuripango in the Rahine Range?

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