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  • Address: Skippers Rd
What was once gold-miners territory is now one of New Zealand’s most scenic tour destinations--with breathtaking mountain views and the always beautiful Shotover River, Skipper’s Canyon presents a great opportunity to splurge in fantastic sites of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Hop into a 4WD off-road vehicle available via one of the many guided tours and shoot photos to your hearts delight, while you are navigated through Skipper’s Road, being recited the canyons plentiful and rural history.

For a more romantic experience, Skipper’s wine tours are also a popular and fulfilling way to spend your time here. What could be better than enjoying Queenstown’s mouth-watering venison over a glass of locally made wine in the breadth of New Zealand? Feel free to explore the happening local art-scene on your way to gorgeous Gibbston Valley, take a scenic walk along the mountain road, or just spend your time relaxing at the wineries.

Since many visitors who come to Skipper’s Canyon are here for relaxation and the wonderful landscape, amenities for those who are physically limited are well off, with many services offering air-conditioned and quite comfortable minibus tours throughout the area, including picking you up from your accommodation.

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Skippers Canyon and Shotover River Jet Boat Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Just north of Queenstown, you can experience the ride of your life as you twist and turn down the Shotover River and through Skippers Canyon at high speeds. ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.86

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you skim the surface of the Shotover River by jet boat! Hold on tight as you do fishtail turns and 360-degree spins at high speeds ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 25 minutes (approx.)

From USD $107.86

Queenstown Triple Challenge (Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Calling all adrenaline junkies! Are you up for the Shotover triple challenge? Experience Queenstown at its very best as you brace yourself for a jet boat ride ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $325.25

Grand Circle Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

On this premier scenic flight you will marvel at the outstanding landforms and stunning beauty of the Wakatipu basin. The untamed Shotover River is revealed in ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $250.84

Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Experience the exhilarating adrenaline pumping rapids of this infamous river.

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $166.39

Half-day Skippers Canyon Historical Tour with Jet Boat Ride

Get the best of both New Zealand’s history and great outdoors on this unique tour from Queenstown that explores the history and natural beauty of Skippers ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.03

Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Discover the beauty of Skippers Canyon on this half-day 4WD tour from Queenstown. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Queestown and travel 32 kilometers by ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.78

Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Shotover River Heli Rafting is the only way to experience Shotover River rafting in winter as well as summer!

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $233.28

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