Mar 22, 2015

Central Otago Roads

Visitors to this region, especially from overseas, are getting into trouble and having some terrible accidents.
Last week we had the good fortune to spend a week traveling around Central Otago.
Several things struck me. Relatively low vehicle intensity with plenty of time to check out the big scenery (big mistake!). Just when you look away around the corner comes a fleet of vehicles with drivers doing exactly the same thing!
The roads look long and flat but wrong again they undulate and wander.
Then at night, especially when its wet, the roads are really dark and the road reflective signage (truck loads of it) is so distracting and confusing even we struggled to cope (48 years driving experience all over NZ).
Its no wonder visitors have trouble.
We did see a classic and really scary example of bad driving as we came into Glenorchy.
On a blind corner a tourist (fairly obvious) did a U turn within 50 meters of a blind corner to his right as he just swung out onto the road not looking in either direction!
Following are a few shots I took from the back of the bus with a telephoto lens as we traveled back from Milford Sound.
Roads wander
Click on photo to see Batmobile

And undulate
Then here they come

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