A Bit Steep

The ‘steep gradient’ sign made us laugh as the car appears to be doing a nose-dive! Trust me, we definitely weren’t anywhere near that angle as we drove down the hill. At the bottom of my post is a map showing where we stopped (marked in red). First three pics were taken there ~first 2 by me and the next by Nigel. Nigel’s autumn tree pic was taken at the end of the public road at Hukarere Station. And Nigel’s river pic I’ve explained further down.

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An afternoon drive on Hukarere Station Road in West Otago…

We’d arrived at Hukarere by driving in from Wilden Runs Rd, the road coming in from the right in the map below. When we came to Hukarere Station Rd we turned right and stopped to take photos at the place marked in red, and then drove to the end by the Pomahaka River where Nigel got the lovely tree photo. The river photo above was taken as we headed back home, still on Hukarere Station Rd but further east (outside of the map area). Nigel gave me the map image; here’s the link for the map if you’d like to see more than we’ve shown here, at NZ Topo Map.


Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz; Exploring Colour (2022)

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  1. A little extra warning for those who think the sign isn’t meant for them! That’s a very pretty area, Liz, and so interesting with all the layers of hills, valleys, rivers… very inviting.

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  2. I like the way the light is catching the leaves of the tree here and there – it’s lovely. That road with the slopes alongside looks like one where you’d really have to pay attention!

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    1. You certainly need to keep your eyes open. I dare say there’s many examples like this in the Scottish Highlands? Out in the back country here you meet few other vehicles, if any, so it’s not too difficult!

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      1. The most notorious road I remember was a really steep road with a very bad bend at the bottom – so bad that there was a sand-filled ‘escape bed’ at the side in case of brakes not working! Most roads aren’t too bad though. Where my parents lived in Spain was a lot more hairy because some roads were narrow as well as having a drop and there was no crash barrier or anything at the side of the road. There was a lot of road-building later that gave better routes.

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