Scenic Drive 7 - Long Loop Road
Combine some of the best features of the above two routes to make a loop excursion.
Travel south on SH3 through Mokau. Travel a few kilometres past Tongaporutu then instead of continuing to New Plymouth as in Scenic Route 5 turn left into the Okau Road (SH40), signposted *Mt Damper Falls. Travel 53 kilometres to SH43 (*The Forgotten World Highway) via the Mangapapa and Moki Roads.
At SH 43 turn left and travel back to Piopio as in the route 6 above, only in the reverse direction.
If you haven't already had sufficient driving on back country roads you can return to Piopio via the Waitewhenua Road.
* The *Mt Damper Falls at 85 metres high are one of the highest in the North Island. To view the falls you will need to walk across farmland, therefore suitable footwear is required.
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