Borland Road to Manapouri’s South Arm

The exciting bit of a trip along Borland Road and down into Grebe Valley and South Arm of Lake Manapouri. There is quite a large drop off down into the Grebe Valley that makes one concentrate like never before.

It is an access road to maintain the high voltage power line that services the aluminium smelter at Bluff. It ends at the South Arm of Lake Manapouri where there is a “Doc” camp, one of the most basic types. Lots of sandflies, ie you either need nuclear grade insect repellent or be completely covered.

Fords of the Nevis Crossing

The Nevis Crossing runs from near Banockburn up over the Duffers Saddle along the Nevis river and down to Garston at the bottom of Lake Whakatipu. There are approximately 25 fords to be crossed.

Do not attempt this in a motorhome if it has been raining or it is winter.
Do not attempt if you have long overhangs.
Do not attempt if you don’t have experience of rough road or off-road driving.
Do not attempt this.
We were lucky. And skilful. 🙂