Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown

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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour from Queenstown
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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.
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In Brief

Location:
Queenstown, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
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
Overview
Important InfoInfo
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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.

Inclusions

  • 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)

Exclusions

  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Tour departs from centrally located Queenstown hotels

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bring a light jacket, your camera and wear sensible outdoor footwear
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.87 out of 5 based on the last 23 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2019
We learnt so much from Arthur, or knowledgeable driver and guide. Good to see the real NZ and its history.
• Submitted 12 Mar 2018
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.
• Submitted 13 Oct 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.
• Submitted 13 Feb 2017
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.
• Submitted 27 Sep 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.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2016
Very beautiful tour with spectacular scenery and a nice picnic
• Submitted 10 Mar 2016
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.
• Submitted 05 May 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.
• Submitted 24 Mar 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.
• Submitted 24 Feb 2015
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.
• Submitted 19 Sep 2013
There were just I and a lady from Britain. The Guide was a pleasant Guy. Gave us a lot of info, stopped for photo whenever we asked him. Amazing scenery everywhere. The day was warm and sunny. We also had a nice break with wine, coffee, tea and cookies. All in all, a pleasant tour.
• Submitted 04 Feb 2013
The tour was fantastic. Our guide Wolfe gave us time to take a few short hikes and scramble up some rocks to get amazing pictures. I highly recommend this personal tour vs the bigger buses.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2012
Wow, this is a must do in Queenstown! We were collected from our hotel by our driver who gave us an adventure to remember. I have done all the usual "thrill seekers" things there are to do in this piece of paradise but I had my breath taken away a few times on this four hour trip through Skipper's Canyon. The scenery is spectacular and our very skilled driver was very informative about the area and could negotiate the rugged terrain and hairpin bends with ease. I can highly recommend this trip as one not to be missed!
• Submitted 09 Mar 2010
It was our first day at Queenstown and it really was unforgettable. Skippers Canyon was just amazing. We experienced four seasons in just one afternoon. Perfect scenery for photo. One of the best things to do at Queenstown. Our guide was just excellent. He was very informative and passionate. Overall a very professional tour. Would recommend it for everyone.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2009
I want to let you know how much we enjoyed our recent trip on the tour 'Skippers canyon heritage 4WD' while in Queenstown, New Zealand. Our guide was the best. Very professional and informative on the canyon and local area. He made our tour one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. Thanks from Tom & Kathy!
• Submitted 04 Nov 2008
Beautiful and our guide was great.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2008
The spectacular views and land formation made this a great trip (full credit to the hardships endured by the early gold miners). We had a great time with our guide, who was such a nice man. Morning tea was lovely, as was the excellent commentary.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2008
A great trip! Exciting, beautiful scenery, very informative, personal. A great value for the money.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2008
The tour leader was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable and brought along homemade cookies made by his wife and homemade cheese and served us wine, tea and coffee. This was the best tour of our trip!
• Submitted 04 Nov 2008
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
• Submitted 12 Jan 2017
Hi, We did enjoy the tour very much! Drove through mountain roads was exciting. Our guide driving skills was really great and we highly appreciated his work and tour in the trip! Thanks. Customer Ms Fu
• Submitted 18 Jul 2011
I did not get to go on this tour because of weather conditions, but the tour operator arranged another tour for me, and the staff were very accommodating.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2008

In Brief

Location:
Queenstown, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
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

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