Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown
Discover the beauty of Skippers Canyon on this half-day 4WD tour from Queenstown.
Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Queestown and travel 32 kilometers by 4WD to Skippers Canyon, enjoy short walks, stunning scenery and scrumptious homemade morning or afternoon tea.
- Instant Confirmation
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Choice of morning or afternoon departure
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
You'll be picked up from your centrally located Queenstown hotel. Travel on Gorge Road, pass Arthurs Point Hotel, cross Edith Cavell Bridge following the miners route up towards Coronet Peak with great views over Wakatipu Basin.
Shortly after you reach the saddle at 975 meters (3199 foot) above sea level, the highest point of the journey, opening a first spectacular view of Mount Aurum and what still lies ahead of you. The 4WD vehicle continue to travel along Skippers Road past Hells Gate. Special points of interest are the Zoo of Rocks as well as the old Skippers Road on which the Goldminers used to travel. Travelling down you pass Castle Rock, Bus Scratch Corner and Welcome Home Pub - or better said, pass its remains.
Then on to Bells Hill which gives a second view of the richest River in the World - Shotover River. After passing the well named points of interest such as Pinchers Bluff, Devils Elbow and Deep Creek, the blue skies, the sun, and the River create memorable pictures.
Before heading back to Queenstown, the next stop is the picnic spot. Here everyone will enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with kiwi biscuits and home-made cheese served on crackers while sitting in comfortable chairs. The group can literally sit back and relax looking over the canyon.
For those who are interested in the movie spots of 'Lord of the Rings' this picnic spot will be of special interest, as you look down onto the location of this famous scene where Frodo can escape the Black Riders with the help of Arwen and the forces of the river.
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8am English Speaking Guide
4WD Skippers Canyon Tour with English speaking guide. Departs at 8am
1:15pm English Speaking Guide
4WD Skippers Canyon Tour with English speaking guide. Departs at 1:15pm
Unforgettable Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown
- Transportation by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Local guide
- Coffee, tea, local chilled wine and kiwi biscuits
- Homemade cheese served with crackers
- GST (Goods and Services Tax)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Bring a light jacket, your camera and wear sensible outdoor footwear
Reviewed by: Valerie A J, 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.
Reviewed by: Craig A, USA, 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.