We live in a very beautiful land here in New Zealand. One of the main journeys for me is to take a trip to Taupo. It is the next village on the way to Auckland. We go through 150 km of hilly country with no towns or villages to get to Taupo. It is considered a scenic route.
There is an alternate route that takes us to Taupo via Waiouru. This route used to be a horrible way to travel North. The surface was gravel, It was steep and narrow in many parts. Now the road is sealed all the way. Here are a few shots of the journey. Judge for yourself.'
This is Ngaruhoe. It is 2200 metres high. Most impressive from this angle.
Look in the other direction and you see the western slopes of the Ruahines.
Travel through the Ruahines and you get this view of the eastern slopes of the Ruahine mountains. The pass is not very high. [The Highest point of the Ruahines is only a tad more than 1700 metres.]
If you are in NZ or intend to come and travel, then the "Gentle Annie" Road from Hawkes Bay to Waiouru is a must see. Cheers the pipe maker