Had always wanted to check out the Borland Road, over the Borland Saddle and down the Grebe Valley to Manapouri’s South Arm. Very narrow in places and as I have a narrow bodied bus thought I would give it a go.
Basically it is a climb from 200 meters at the Borland Lodge to the top of the Borland Saddle which is about 990 meters. Then a long narrow drop to South Arm which is at 200 meters. No matter which vehicle you are in there are places you don’t want to meet someone else.
The worst part of the road is straight after the Grebe Valley lookout. Here the road is hacked out of a vertical rock wall. There is a vertical drop off from about 700 meters to under 400 meters on the Valley floor. Surely tested me and because of the drop off, glad I did not have to back up to let someone pass.