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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

  • Uncover the beauty of Skippers Canyon on this half-day 4WD tour from Queenstown
  • Enjoy morning tea or afternoon tea of homemade cheese and crackers
  • Travel in a comfortable 4WD minivan
Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown
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Leave bustling Queenstown behind for the scenic beauty of Skippers Canyon on a half-day 4WD tour of the historic gorge. An experienced guide traverses Gorge Road and follows an old mining route toward Coronet Peak and into Skippers Canyon for outstanding views over the Wakatipu Basin and the Shotover River. Enjoy short walks and stop for scrumptious morning or afternoon tea including chilled wine, cookies and homemade cheese.
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.
Reviews (40)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile
Awesome way to be a tourist in your own country

The Skippers Canyon trip shows you the beauty of New Zealand which you simply don’t see from the main roads. Steep rugged mountains, schist rocky outcrops, the Shotover River and countryside formed by the gold rush, it’s “picture postcard dramatic” with the added bonus of...More

Thank NikiandEd
Reviewed August 12, 2018
Fabian was fabulous and the tour was well worth the 'fear'.

With a skilled driver, this is an exciting trip with amazing views and many picture opportunities. The information provided made it both exciting and informative.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Donna C
Reviewed April 13, 2018
A trip full of 'wow moments

We went as a party of 6 people. It was a 4 hour tour. Our guide was a knowledgeable guy called Wolffie who told us lots of information about the area, how it was mined for gold and how people managed to actually live there!...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank dianedavies1960
Reviewed April 3, 2018
History Amid Natural Beauty

Just a short drive from Queenstown this hidden valley gives a unique view into the gold mining history of the area. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We were given a detailed insight into how the gold rush came about, the formation of the area...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Lynifrid
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile
You must do this.

First did the Skippers Canyon tour in 1974. Was a highlight of a trip to Queensland then and it is still the same forty odd years later. Thanks to Arthur for being a great guide.

Thank John R
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