Beaut road. Once you hit the rural roads there are no? police but more hazards, and the reverse particularly from Ettrick to Alexandra. Mostly the farm trucks make one or two parts of the road a little dusty. Some care is required.
Coming from Gore, the road is a little hard to follow but even if you miss the Maitland turn off, you reach a T intersection. Always turn right.
This part is mostly long and straight with good visibility but the corners at the end of the straights are often sharp.
You can stop for a tea break at Herriot at the hotel.
After Herriot, the road becomes mountainous with twisty dips and rises, it becomes quite challenging. Then the road drops off with fantastic view just before Ettrick. This part is the highlight.
From Ettrick to Alex on SH8 the road rises and dips with many tight twisties especially just before Alexandra. The main road here has a high police presence.