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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown
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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

By Unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour
Recommended by 94% of travelers
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$107.55
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$107.55
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Ages 18-99, max of 9 per group
Duration:
4h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English


  • Air-conditioned 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)
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Please be ready for pick up at the reception area / entrance. If the pick up time changes, we will advice accordingly before the tour.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2144SKIP

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bring a light jacket, your camera and wear sensible outdoor footwear
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2144SKIP

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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    Historic Skippers School
    Stop: 30 minutes
    We drive through historic Skippers Canyon and explain the goldrush history of it. Short walks and plenty of photo stops are a feature of the tour. At Skippers School, a picnic is prepared. We spend about 30 min at Skippers School before we head back to Queenstown.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Rebecca W
Rebecca W
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Stunning scenery, superb views, amazing history.
Wow! This is an amazing tour, promoted as unforgettable - it certainly is! This is a small group, half day, person
Crazyforher
Crazyforher
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The best photo ops
I started out, thinking we would be driving in the Canyon, but soon realized that we would be driving on a narrow m
PTan241
PTan241
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One of world's scariest roads...
If the driver had not mentioned, I wouldn't have known Shippers Canyon Road is listed in many websites as a dangero
Jan Willem t
Jan Willem t
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An unforgettable experience, what a beautiful landscape.
We did the track our selves with our 4 wheel drive. The very narrow road along the splendid rough gorge is most of
Margaret B
Margaret B
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A favourite place
I love this canyon with its spectacular scenery. MY second time through and loved it just as much as previously. T
ChuckBrooks
ChuckBrooks
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Beautiful canyon - excellent tour
This is a very nice 4WD tour of a beautiful canyon and river. Our driver and guide was a German guy - really knowl
Lekguan
Lekguan
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Easily the highlight of our trip
We went on a 2-week trip to NZ in a big group of 12 persons, and this was one of the tours we booked, which they gl
Lauren T
Lauren T
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Small group 4x4 tour of Skippers Canyon
This was a fantastic day. Our guide Greg was so informative. You could tell he truly loved this place and so did
Gustavo C
Gustavo C
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Amazing Tour
Skippers Canyon is considered the eight most dangerous canyon in the World. You will do a 4x4 tour through narrow p
Fiona H
Fiona H
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Amazing tour to Skippers Canyon
This tour is a must do out of Queenstown - the scenery & drive are spectacular - the drivers were great - the infor
Tour587622
Tour587622
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Stunning scenery guided with such fun, enthusiasm and knowledge
Our guide, Wolfie, was an amazing leader, driver, and all round fabulous guy. We had a great time enjoying good com
Peter G
Peter G
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The real back country tour
We had heard for years about The Skippers Road, however the reality far out does the stories told about it. The rid
FrankydoodleOh
FrankydoodleOh
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A relaxing yet thrilling ride
The view was decent, but perhaps even more memorable was the narrow mountain road, one side of which leads to a ste
Sioux1964
Sioux1964
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Fantastic Individual Tour
We were picked up literally at our doorstep by Arthur who took us off on our tour to Skippers Canyon. It was fanta
GusMom99
GusMom99
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Magestic Tour
Three fellow small-coach tour travelers along with my husband and me took this amazing side tour through the incred
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Nicole
4 contributions
Solo
This experience was the highlight of my week. The drive down skippers canyon road felt like a fun teaser to the adrenaline you get to experience on the Jetboat, not to mention it’s cool to learn about the gold mining history along the way too. The jetboat itself was phenomenal. Getting so close to the walls of the canyon kept my heart racing the whole time, and the 360 degree turns were a blast too. When we were finishing the ride, a little girl on the boat asked for one more spin to which the driver happily obliged 😊 highly recommend this experience!!
Written May 14, 2022
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George794
New Zealand14 contributions
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Queenstown. The journey down Skippers Canyon had been on our ‘to do’ list for years and is one of those activities that makes New Zealand a bit different. Our guide, Wolfie was an extremely competent driver and a mine of information on the geography and history of Skippers. When we said that some of my wife’s ancestors were early settlers in Skippers he went out of his way to discuss the history of the settlement. We found the graves of my wife’s great great grandparents.
So many thanks to Wolfie; the tour was excellent and is highly recommended.
Written April 14, 2021
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JAPercy
Circle Pines, MN16 contributions
I admit I was very scared! Skippers Canyon road is very narrow and twisty. However, Wolfie is obviously a very skilled driver so I just put my faith in him. I would STRONGLY advise anyone wanting to see Skippers Canyon for the first time to go with Wolfie and don't try to drive yourself!

And it's worth it. The scenery is spectacular! Wolfie picked us up from our hotel in Queenstown. While we drove, he gave us so much information about the area, the rocks, the trees, the history. He pointed out some Lord of the Rings sights for my husband, making him very happy. He stopped frequently for us to take pictures. At the far end of the canyon trip, we stopped at an old school for a snack and toilet break and to stretch our legs. Then we did it in reverse! Our teen boys loved the trip, too!
Written March 16, 2020
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RetiredFolk
Gloucestershire, UK266 contributions
Many people asked me why I was booking a tour of NZ rather than doing a self drive. This tour to Skippers Canyon is the reason as I am absolutely sure that either I would never have found this and/or I would have given up driving on the shale tracks long before reaching the best parts.

Great experienced drivers with good knowledge made this tour exceptional. The narrow shale track is not for the faint hearted as the slips and sheer drops at the side are both spectacular and daunting. On reaching the school house at the top of the track, coffee and wine were served with nibbles - very much like a sundowner on an African safari - and most welcome. The aerial view of the Shotover river with the jet boats hurtling through the gorges was spectacular from such a height as was the view of the miners' tracks, now used by mountain bikers, coursing through the valleys.

Absolutely stunning and a must do.
Written March 9, 2020
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Leonard1000
Tauranga, New Zealand44 contributions
Hang on to your hats, you are in for a wonderful experience.
This has got to be one of the most adrenaline drives anywhere and Wolfy is the ultimate driver and repository of information regarding skippers Canyon.
I recommend this tour to everyone, you will love it.
Written May 2, 2022
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bhare
4 contributions
This was an incredible tour. We were part of a small group in a single van. After leaving the main paved road, we got on to a dirt/gravel road recommended for four wheel drive vehicles only (and may I add along with an experience driver for this area). The road was by in large single lane. When approaching an oncoming vehicle, one or the other would generally have to pull aside so the other could get by. The views were spectacular. These were views that you could never see by staying on the main road. Our driver would stop along the way where views were exceptional so that we could get out to take photos. The driver was very knowledgeable about the area and shared much information about what we were seeing. At the highest point of our journey, we stopped at the site of an old school house, homestead, and cemetery. This was (I believe) the highest point for most guided tours of the canyon. It was also a break point where we could visit the school house, use the potty, stretch our legs, and have a "high tea". Our driver opened up the back of the van, folded out a table, and provided coffee, tea, wine, and "high tea" snacks (such as crackers and cheese and cake pastries). There was another tour group at the top when we arrived. That group had 6 - 8 vehicles and they all traveled together. Each vehicle held maybe 6 passengers plus the river. I would highly recommend our "Unforgettable" tour. It was one of the highlights of our NZ trip and would repeat if in Queenstown again.
Written March 14, 2020
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Naina-Damani
London, UK1,032 contributions
Unbelievable experience with steep narrow winding road and views are absolutely stunning. Thrilling experience which was one of our best tour in New Zealand. We booked two trips in one, Skippers Canyon with thrilling jet boat ride. The jet boat ride was the best and the tour was unforgettable. Not to be missed.
Written February 4, 2021
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Naina-Damani
London, UK1,032 contributions
Unbelievable experience with steep narrow winding road and views are absolutely stunning. Thrilling experience which was one of our best tour in New Zealand. We booked two trips in one, Skippers Canyon with thrilling jet boat ride. The driver was safe and informative.
Written February 4, 2021
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dij70
Cairns, Australia3 contributions
This tour was the highlight of my New Zealand holiday. The scenery was incredible inspiring. Our tour guide was friendly, full of information which he shared in an interesting way. the drive is not for the fainthearted though as the dirt road is narrow with an incredible cliff on one side and sheer drop into the canyon the other. Nonetheless it was well worth every minute.
Written April 2, 2020
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748pam
Canberra6 contributions
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, the scenery was amazing, the tour guide informative and friendly. But I think it should come with a warning for people who have a fear of heights and narrow roads. We unfortunately didn't know what it would be like until we were already on the road, and it caused my husband considerable stress and spoiled the day for him.
Written March 12, 2020
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