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Half-Day Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure from Queenstown

  • Half-day 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon from Queenstown
  • Enjoy light refreshments and panning for gold
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Half-Day Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure from Queenstown
From US$137.23
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Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure tour, departs at 1:30pm returns at 5:30pm
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Let a guide navigate the once-treacherous Skippers Canyon on this 4WD tour, round-trip from Queenstown. The route affords dramatic views over the Wakatipu Basin and Shotover River Valley. You'll cross Skippers Bridge into the namesake township and stop at Deep Creek to try your hand at gold panning. The 4-hour trip includes light refreshments and hotel pickup.
What to Expect
Meet your guide and small group upon hotel pickup in central Queenstown and board your 4x4 vehicle for a half-day tour, departing in the morning or afternoon. Heading up toward the Coronet Peak ski field en route to Skippers Canyon, take note of the views of the Wakatipu Basin.

Arriving at your destination, the 4WD route features dramatic scenery at a lookout from Lighthouse Rock. Pass by numerous historical sites and learn about the area's gold mining past. You'll find the perfect photo op at the century-old suspension bridge before the road continues into the long-abandoned township of Skippers.

Pause for refreshments and gain insight into the local heritage and early settlement through photos and relics in a restored schoolhouse and old homestead. See the cemetery where gold prospectors were buried. Before the return journey to Queenstown, make a stop at Deep Creek and test your luck panning for gold in one of the world's richest gold-bearing rivers.
Reviews (16)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thrilling ride, informative commentary and stunning scenery

My wife, son and I (all adults) took this tour because we had a free day in Queenstown. It is a high adrenalin drive featuring hairpin turns with steeps cliffs just off the road. Our driver/guide, Nathan, demonstrated a great deal of confidence in handling...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank martomsak
NomadSafarisQT, Public Relations Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! We are so glad your family enjoyed your time with us. Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We will happlity pass this along to Nathan as well. The Skippers trip is truly amazing and we are so happy you recommend it as...More

Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile
So Great!

We started our day with the morning Skippers Canyon 4WD Trip, with our guide Joe. The views & drive were awesome, and Joe made the day filled with smart info & laughs. We had so much fun, we then spent the afternoon with Joe on...More

Thank atoppen
Reviewed 19 October 2018
Unforgettable Experience

First of all, Special regards to our driver/tour guide Santiago who was well versed with the history and very friendly, which made this trip a memorable and enjoyable. A unique 4x4 trip for experiencing the road trip of one of the dangerous road in New...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dipesh S
NomadSafarisQT, Public Relations Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Dipesh Thank you for your kind words. it's lovely to hear such awesome feed back from our guests. We will pass your compliments on to Santiago. We are so happy to have hosted you here in Queenstown.

Reviewed 7 September 2018
Best day ever with Justin!

What an amazing tour with spectacular views! Must admit there were some times when I almost was sitting on Justin's lap but it was one of the most memorable tours we have ever been on. Justin provided us with such wonderful detail on the history...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank keels_sean
NomadSafarisQT, Public Relations Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Sean Thanks so much for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your trip, it sounds like it must have been very memorable for Justin as well! We will pass along you kind words to him.

Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile
Fantastic experience and great guide!

Jenny was punctual and made the vehicle clean and neat before picking us up! She even had the baby and child seats ready for our two young children! She is experienced with the whole route to and fro skippers canyon and is a very careful...More

Thank AYeo0305
NomadSafarisQT, Front Office Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Ayeo, thank you very much for your review. Jenny is an very experienced guide/driver. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Skippers Canyon experience. It is a spectacular place.

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