Scenic Drive 3 - Loop Road

Scenic Drive 3 - Loop Road

Sealed roads, pastoral landscapes. approximately 1.5 hours travel time.

Points of Interest:

  • Pastoral area.
  • Omaru Falls Walkway - Lovely 40 minute walk accessed via Omaru Road, off S.H.4.
    Aramatai Gardens
  • Frederick Miller Memorial - Stunning views from the top of a steep hill, accessed via Tuhua Road, off S.H.4. - 40 minutes return.
  • Travel through valleys bounded by hills and scattered volcanic rock.

Direction of Travel: Travel south from Piopio, on the Aria Road, to Aria. In Aria Village turn left and follow signs to Mokauiti; continue on to S.H.4; turn left and return to Piopio via S.H.4 and S.H.3.

There are a few options of leaving the main highway and exploring the minor country roads, mostly gravel and very quiet - good map essential. The Mapara Conservation Reserve (see under Walking Tracks) is handy to this route)

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