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We had not driven the Gentle annie before. What a great drive, especially the Springvale suspension... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
433craige
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Stunning drive

Wonderful views. Good road (but maybe not in winter). About 150km, takes about 2 1/2 hours. Twists... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2019
graham j
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had not driven the Gentle annie before. What a great drive, especially the Springvale suspension bridge where we stopped and a cuppa.There was a toilet there to use which was ok,but make sure you have some wet wipes with you.😁.Take your time to enjoy...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank 433craige
Reviewed March 13, 2019

Wonderful views. Good road (but maybe not in winter). About 150km, takes about 2 1/2 hours. Twists and turns up and down, but nothing alarming. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank graham j
Reviewed September 17, 2018

for a long time I have always wanted to drive the Gentle Annie from Taihape to Napier. Best choice I ever made was to travel this route in our new toy, a Mazda MX5 on a perfect day with the top down it was absolutely...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Ian M
Reviewed September 11, 2018

We enjoyed the drive over the Gentle Annies; see lovely NZ nature in the natural back country setting - but warning - if you are in an old vehicle make sure you carry water, as it is a long steep slope and you can boil...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Barbara M
Reviewed September 8, 2018

Scenery,tick. Good condition Road? well mostly, the surface metal and tar runing down hill without a push is a bit of a concern, granted that time(been over the GA a few times now, can't go past it) the day was a scorcher, but still, it...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Mark C
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Loved the scenery, from mountains and rangers with snow, to cattle and sheep farms, even some lambs. Then through forestry, and down onto the rolling hills of Hawkes Bay.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Graham H
Reviewed March 6, 2018

If you are in the central north Island, you need to ride, drive, or bike Gentle Annie. its a bucket list journey, at least to me. I plan to ride it many more times on the future. The scenery is mind blowing. Take your time...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank MisterSupernova
Reviewed February 3, 2018

We have wanted for years to explore this road, and finally did so recently. Choose a day with good weather so you get to enjoy the lovely views. The road is not always gentle - beware, cyclists! There are some very steep sections, and many...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank MRS565
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

OK, so it’s definitely not a highway, it’s not a secret, and if you google it you’ll soon find out it’s not the Gentle Annie of the South Island’s West Coast. Right, so what is it then? Leaving Taihape north on SH1 there’s a small...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank V632AYrobs
Reviewed January 1, 2018

A lovely drive between Napier and Tiahape. The road is in great condition and little traffic. Great rural and bush views. You travel past some of the more notable North Island sheep stations - really interesting.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Barney J
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Dieter S
December 13, 2015|
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The whole road was sealed about 3 years ago
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LucyGrace
November 24, 2015|
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The road has some high and narrow spots. If you are very nervous I wouldn't do it. Personally I think it has been ruined since it was sealed, Has taken the excitement out of it!
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