Otira Gorge - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
This panorama was taken form a viewpoint and rest point near the top of Otira Gorge. The gorge is dramatic as it is very narrow and very steep. The road winds slowly down the sides. Image taken January 2008.
Otira Gorge - FURTHER INFORMATION
Otira Gorge - Otira Gorge visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Otira Gorge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from West Coast.
The Otira Gorge is one of the routes over the Southern Alps in New Zealand. Here, if travelling from the West Coast east to Canterbury, Highway 73 climbs up the narrow gorge along Otira River to the top of a pass. Near the very top is the famous Otira Viaduct, one of the most enterprising engineering projects in New Zealand in recent times. The road then continues on to Arthur's Pass.