5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

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

Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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. 


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Unforgettable Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was the best thing we did in Queenstown! 5 stars are not enough! Our guide was fantastic, the scenery was mind blowing and the whole trip was lots of fun. Would definitely recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This is one of the most memorable excursions we did in New Zealand. Excellent interpretation from the guide and just fantastic scenery. Interesting history of the place plus a very nice picnic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Excellent trip - scary road - Fabulous views! A friend suggested we take this tour and we are very glad we did. Lovely homemade biscuits with our tea or cheese and crackers with wine at the half way mark. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Don't miss this tour. I know there are many activities in the Queenstown area, but this tour is not to be missed. Wolfie our guide was full of enthusiasm and it showed. He made sure to ask our interests, and tailored the tour to match. He made many photo stops, and knew the best ones and from what angle. Wolfie gave a great history lesson, and made different stops on the way and return, knowing when the sun angle was best for photos. Much better than big bus tours. Great guide in Wolfie.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

Wow, this is a must do in Queenstown! We were collected from our hotel by our driver who gave us an adventure to remember. I have done all the usual "thrill seekers" things there are to do in this piece of paradise but I had my breath taken away a few times on this four hour trip through Skipper's Canyon. The scenery is spectacular and our very skilled driver was very informative about the area and could negotiate the rugged terrain and hairpin bends with ease. I can highly recommend this trip as one not to be missed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2009

It was our first day at Queenstown and it really was unforgettable. Skippers Canyon was just amazing. We experienced four seasons in just one afternoon. Perfect scenery for photo. One of the best things to do at Queenstown. Our guide was just excellent. He was very informative and passionate. Overall a very professional tour. Would recommend it for everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

A great trip! Exciting, beautiful scenery, very informative, personal. A great value for the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

The tour leader was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable and brought along homemade cookies made by his wife and homemade cheese and served us wine, tea and coffee. This was the best tour of our trip!
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