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 4WD to Skippers Canyon, enjoy short walks, stunning scenery and scrumptious homemade morning or afternoon tea.
- 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
- Plenty of photo opportunities
- Informative and friendly guide
- Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Queenstown hotels
Recent Photos of this Tour
Wolfie on the Edge!Photo by: SuzanneAustralia, 10 2009
Buses and Hairpin Bends at ...Photo by: SuzanneAustralia, 10 2009
Limited Parking SpacePhoto by: SuzanneAustralia, 10 2009
Skipper's Canyon SchoolPhoto by: SuzanneAustralia, 10 2009
The Suspension Bridge at ...Photo by: SuzanneAustralia, 10 2009
You'll be picked up from your centrally located Queenstown hotel. Travel on Gorge Road, pass Arthurs Point Hotel, cross Edith Cavell Bridge following the miners route up towards Coronet Peak with great views over Wakatipu Basin.
Shortly after you reach the saddle at 975 meters (3199 foot) above sea level, the highest point of the journey, opening a first spectacular view of Mount Aurum and what still lies ahead of you. The 4WD vehicle continue to travel along Skippers Road past Hells Gate. Special points of interest are the Zoo of Rocks as well as the old Skippers Road on which the Goldminers used to travel. Travelling down you pass Castle Rock, Bus Scratch Corner and Welcome Home Pub - or better said, pass its remains.
Then on to Bells Hill which gives a second view of the richest River in the World - Shotover River. After passing the well named points of interest such as Pinchers Bluff, Devils Elbow and Deep Creek, the blue skies, the sun, and the River create memorable pictures.
Before heading back to Queenstown, the next stop is the picnic spot. Here everyone will enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with kiwi biscuits and home-made cheese served on crackers while sitting in comfortable chairs. The group can literally sit back and relax looking over the canyon.
For those who are interested in the movie spots of 'Lord of the Rings' this picnic spot will be of special interest, as you look down onto the location of this famous scene where Frodo can escape the Black Riders with the help of Arwen and the forces of the river.
Reviewed by LEONID A, February 2013
There were just I and a lady from Britain. The Guide was a pleasant Guy. Gave us a lot of info, stopped for photo whenever we asked him. Amazing scenery everywhere. The day was warm and sunny. We also had a nice break with wine, coffee, tea and cookies. All in all, a pleasant tour.
Reviewed by Tom E, November 2012
The tour was fantastic. Our guide Wolfe gave us time to take a few short hikes and scramble up some rocks to get amazing pictures. I highly recommend this personal tour vs the bigger buses.