alasta:DarthKermit: I haven't driven over it, but I see that a good section of the worst hair pin bends were removed from the Rimutaka highway. At least it's better than it was.
Yes, they did a lot of work near the summit on the Upper Hutt side, and it's made a big difference.The Kaikoura coast is a real challenge and I can't see much of that road improving for a long time.
I could be wrong, but as far as I recall there are no passing lanes on that long straight heading out of Kaikoura to the south. It would be really good to put a passing lane in there so that cars have a final opportunity to pass any trucks or campervans before hitting those funny little cliff face tunnels and the ranges.
I love driving the Rimutaka's, not so much when we had the boat though but now no probs