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Private Skippers Canyon Full-Day 4WD Adventure, Queenstown

Your local kiwi guide Del, has nearly 30 years commercial 4 wheel drive experience in Skippers Canyon, guiding literally thousands of tourists since 1990. His exceptional guiding ability, knowledge of the area and experience of the road conditions, make this a truly remarkable adventure into the Queenstown high country.


8 hours


Mobile ticket

  • What's included :
    • Lunch
    • Private tour, there will be no other clients, just your party, your trip
    • Guide with 30 years Skippers Canyon guiding experience
    • Transport by proper 4WD vehicle, NO vans, NO cars, NO buses
    • Vehicle has great leg room, comfortable seats & large viewing windows
    • Entry/Admission - Skippers Canyon
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Skippers Canyon, Skippers Road, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand

    Join Queenstown's most experienced 4x4 guide with a private charter tour exploring the stunning Skippers Canyon. We explore Skippers Canyon, made famous by the 1860's gold rush, via Coronet Peak and the infamous 1889 Skippers Canyon Road which roughly follows the gold-rich Shotover River. This tour offers a genuine 4x4 experience with stunning vistas of the southern high country, incredible views, awe-inspiring photographic opportunities in an isolated and fascinating area.

    The full day tour Includes all the sights from the half day tour with the added bonus of exploring the more remote, seldom visited, beautiful Upper Shotover River Valley to the Branches Sheep Station.

    Highlights of this full day adventure include :

    Dels guiding and his commentary

    Hells and Heavens Gates

    Lighthouse Rock

    Historic gold mining relics

    Shotover River

    Major Lord of the Rings locations

    Engineering marvel Pinchers Bluff

    Traversing Skippers Bridge (1901)

    Skippers School (1879)

    Skippers Cemetery

    Experience the more rugged track to road end at Branches Station

    Explore the seldom visited Upper Shotover

    Packers Point and its incredible views

    Otto Strohle's hut (often photographed with Autumn colors)

    Branches Road

    Campbells Saddle

    Mcleods Bluff

    Sandhills diversion

    View of Nugget Mine stamping battery

    Leisurely picnic lunch beside the Upper Shotover River

    On hot summer days - chance for a cooling swim in the Shotover River or immersion in a crystal clear mountain waterfall, bring a towel

    Opportunity to combine with a Jet Boat tour up the Shotover River (this is an additional add on and must be requested at time of booking)

    Duration: 8 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pick up and drop off from the following :- All Central Queenstown accommodation- Central Queenstown township, outside the Station Building- The bottom of Coronet Peak RoadNOTE : Pickups outside the central Queenstown area by prior arrangement only.
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.



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Organised by 4WD Expeditions

Activity ID: V-73479P16

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