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

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

Stephen O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We learnt so much from Arthur, or knowledgeable driver and guide. Good to see the real NZ and its history.

Marion S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Geoff T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

jp Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Janice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.

Johan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very beautiful tour with spectacular scenery and a nice picnic

Katie D

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.

Peter C

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.

Valerie A J

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.

Craig A USA

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.

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