One of the country's scenic highways is getting easier for motorists to explore.
The Acheron Road through Molesworth in the upper South Island opened on Saturday and will stay open until the middle of April.
The Department of Conservation has decided this year to extend its season, which previously began at the end of December.
The route travels through the 180,000 hectare Molesworth Station, which is home to the country's biggest herd of beef cattle.
The high-country station has a maximum altitude of 2100 metres.
The 207km journey between Blenheim and Hanmer Springs follows the Awatere River, crossing Wards Pass to follow the Acheron to its confluence with the Clarence River.