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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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    What to Expect
    This 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon reveals the rugged beauty of the gold country and scenic gorge near Queenstown. After pickup from your centrally located hotel, climb aboard for the 4-hour tour, which includes a stop for morning or afternoon tea.

    Traveling along Gorge Road, your driver-guide passes the suburb of Arthur’s Point, crosses the Edith Cavell Bridge over the Shotover River and continues up a miners’ route toward Coronet Peak, a world-class ski area with outstanding views over the Wakatipu Basin.

    Shortly after you reach the saddle — the highest point of your trip at an elevation of 3,199 feet (975 meters) — take in views of Mt Aurum and the surrounding valleys and hills. Your guide navigates the 4WD vehicle along the steep and narrow Skippers Road past Hells Gate, stopping at special points of interest such as the Zoo of Rocks and the old Skippers Road once used by gold miners. 

    On the descent you’ll pass Castle Rock, Bus Scratch Corner and the remains of Welcome Home Pub. Reaching Bells Hill, get another glimpse of the gold-bearing Shotover River, passing Pinchers Bluff, Devils Elbow and Deep Creek. 

    Your guide leads several short walks in Skippers Canyon and stops at a scenic picnic spot for coffee or tea and chilled wine with cookies and homemade cheese served on crackers, all while you enjoy the canyon views. LOTR fans may recognize the movie site from a scene in The Lord of the Rings where Frodo escaped the Black Riders with the help of Arwen and the forces of the river.

    On returning to Queenstown, you’re dropped off at your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Tour departs from centrally located Queenstown hotels
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transportation by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Local guide
    • Coffee, tea, local chilled wine and kiwi biscuits
    • Homemade cheese served with crackers
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Bring a light jacket, your camera and wear sensible outdoor footwear
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I tried to cancel a reservation 5 months in advance. I used a contact on my reservation, I used a contact on their website, and I found a contact through a Google search. And I never received an acknowledgement or a refund. If you make a reservation with this company, you
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    A bit late with our review, but this early December trip was and will remain memorable. Not only was Wolfy an expert guide of Skippers Canyon, but we knew he was invested in its preservation.He pointed out invasive plants and explained efforts to tame them, discussed the
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    You will be transported in a 4-wheel drive minivan. Your trip takes you into the less-traveled area outside of Queenstown. Views are wonderful with numerous photo op stops during the trip. The sand flies may be bothersome, so pack some insect repellent.
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    This tour was good, but over priced. Nice views, coffee, tea and biscuits provided in the National Park area by a reconstructed 19th Century school. Some information about the Gold Rush provided. We think our guide was called Nigel, but not sure as he never introduced himself.
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    Informative, 5 person, guided tour through beautiful country. Wolfgang is a font of knowledge re Geography, geology, history, interesting anecdotes. Coffee tea and cookies were nice too!
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