Story: Rock, limestone and clay

The Desert Road

The Desert Road

Dominated by Mt Ngāuruhoe, the Desert Road from Waiōuru to Tūrangi is exposed to snowfalls and low temperatures in winter. On stretches of road such as this there is an increased risk of ice forming on shady corners. Road engineers lay down different sizes and shapes of rock chip to ensure maximum tyre traction.

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Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Sources and uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5218/the-desert-road (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006