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Unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour
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US$115.20*
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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown
Ranked #56 of 160 Tours in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The scenery of Skippers Canyon is without a doubt a subject you will talk about. You are picked up from your hotel in a comfortable 4WD Minibus. You visit this secluded area in small groups. Your local Guide provides a commentary about the Goldrush Heritage of Skippers and serves some refreshments with cheese. Plenty of photo stops and short walks make this sightseeing experience truly unforgettable. Daily departures from Queenstown.
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“Unforgettable tour!”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

An outstanding tour overall - not to be missed!! Our guide from the Unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour, Wolfgang, was very knowledgeable about the area and made the whole tour enjoyable. He stopped at all the picturesque spots and gave us tips on how to take great photos there. He also gave us informative snippets of the history of the Canyon. The halfway morning tea break was scrumptious amidst the backdrop of the historic Skippers school. A+ tour and A+ tour guide. No regrets!

Visited August 2013
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Yasmine S, Owner at Unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Spring-Greetings from Queenstown and thank you very much for sharing that you enjoyed our tour. As you mentioned, the picnic we offer in Skippers is certainly one of the highlights and adds a touch of class to this unique experience. Thank you again for taking the time to comment!
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Kensington, CT
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“Unforgetable!”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

We were absolutely captivated by the experience. Wolfy, our guide, was entertaining, informative, (and a supremely competent driver!) who gave us an experience never to be forgotten. A highlight of not only Queenstown, but of all New Zealand. Exceeded all expectation, and well worth every dollar spent. This is the place to see in Queenstown, and this is the tour to see it with.

Visited May 2013
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Yasmine S, Owner at Unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Thank you for your feedback! Wow... - what a remarkable comment that our tour features right on top of your overall experience of New Zealand - thank you so much!
We certainly pride ourselves in taking all our visitors savely into this historic area and share the views, the history and our time with you!
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Scenic views”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

My wife and I went on this tour and enjoyed the views. We were the only passengers in the 4WD with Arthur as our tour guide. We got to see one particular river bank which was used as one of the scenes in the movie "The Lord of the Rings" - where Arwen (Liv Tyler) rides a horse across the river to get away from the Dark Riders. See the photos attached to have an insight about this place.

Visited December 2012
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Yasmine S, Owner at Unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Greetings from Queenstown and thank you for your feedback. It's actually one of the best kept secrets that Skippers Canyon featured in the first of the Lord of the Rings movies. And the spot you mentioned still just looks like the movie set... just without the movie-stars :-)
Thanks for taking your time to share your experience.
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Budapest, Hungary
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“A+ !!”
Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

This is much more enjoyable than any jet boat tour which seems to be the most popular in Queenstown. I can't say enough wonderful things about Wolfgang and the trip. He takes you to the most amazing vistas. The roads are quite impressive and quite jaw dropping. The eye candy on this 3 hour tour is unforgettable. A+ photo ops!

Visited May 2013
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Yasmine S, Owner at Unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour, responded to this review, 9 May 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback and the remark that you particularly liked the 'eye candy'. We are glad that you chose to include our Skippers Canyon tour into your itinerary. Thanks again for sharing.
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Hangzhou, China
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“Very scenic and educational tour”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

We also had Arthur as our guide, and I have to agree with Bungo's review that the tour was excellent (actually I think we may have been on the same tour). Arthur was quite knowledgeable and fun, and he even shared many interesting stories about the Chinese gold miners in the area since my mom and I are from there.

Skippers Canyon itself was breath-takingly stunning. Sadly a lot of the trees were killed to make room for native species so we didn't see as much autumn color as we expected. And the river was a muddy brown instead of the usual sapphire blue due to heavy rainfall the night before. Despite those conditions though, the place was still gorgeous. It is also very unique both in landscape as well as its role in gold mining and shaping the area's early history.

The tour was rewarding both in terms of scenery and education. I also felt Arthur tried to accommodate everyone's interests without us asking for it, and this I greatly appreciate. As my mom doesn't speak English, I have to translate for her on all the tours we took. I often worried she'd be bored on some of the tours, but on this one Arthur used many stories about Chinese miners to keep her interested without losing the big picture and balance on the general information and history of the place.

Other tours seemed to have smaller, tougher vehicles that go off-road. But as my mom was scared of heights, this one seemed safe and more suitable. And although we stayed mostly on the road, I don't think we were cheated any part of the adventure or scenery.

I would definitely recommend the Skippers Canyon and Heritage tours to anyone who visits Queenstown area.

Visited April 2013
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Yasmine S, Owner at Unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour, responded to this review, 9 May 2013
Greetings from Queenstown. Thank you very much for taking your time to write this detailed review about our Skippers Canyon tour. I am glad that you and your family enjoyed the entertainment as well as the natural beauty of Skippers Canyon.
Thanks again for sharing your experience!
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