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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Historic Skippers School
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown?
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This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Scenic25677176427
, May 2019
This was a very fun and exciting tour. We had the owner, Woofy, as Our tour guide and he was great! His knowledge and stories were very interesting. He also would make special stops for photos ops that were extremely fun.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for taking your time to review our unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour. Wolfy is delighted that you enjoyed the tour.
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Navigator765383
, Apr 2019
Appreciated with tour manager. Name's Worthy so knowledge the canyon and drive us to highest point of Skippers canyon. We enjoy very much. Thank you for service.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
and thank you for your kind review.
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We learnt so much from Arthur, or...
Stephen O
, Mar 2018
We learnt so much from Arthur, or knowledgeable driver and guide. Good to see the real NZ and its history.
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A thrilling ride with a driver with...
Marion S
, Oct 2017
A thrilling ride with a driver with great knowledge of the history of the area. The driver gave us a lovely morning tea to top off our tour. Thank you.
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Fabulous half day experience. Our...
Geoff T
, Feb 2017
Fabulous half day experience. Our driver was so passionate about the area and so informative. Money well spent to learn so much and see such breathtaking scenery.
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Full marks to the organisers for...
Robin M C
, Jan 2017
Full marks to the organisers for running this tour notwithstanding we were the only two passengers. Some amazing views en route to the restored homestead and restored schoolhouse
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This is a tour in Queenstown that...
jp
, Sep 2016
This is a tour in Queenstown that you shouldn't miss. The scenery is spectacular on the tracts. The tour guide Woolfgang is knowledgeable and pleasant. We had a lot of stops at scenic spots for photos and short walks. We enjoyed every moment in this half day tour.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the tour to...
Janice M
, Mar 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour to Skippers Canyon. The road was amazing and the driver did a great job. We were lucky to see a falcon resting on a rock. Had plenty of stops to see the sights and were able to walk across the bridge. Enjoyed the morning tea which included New Zealand wine and yummy homemade cheese. Would recommend anyone to do this tour.
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Very beautiful tour with spectacular...
Johan K
, Mar 2016
Very beautiful tour with spectacular scenery and a nice picnic
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This tour was the best thing we did...
Katie D
, 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.

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