Guided tour

From Queenstown: Skippers Canyon 4-Wheel-Drive Tour

Activity provider: Outback New Zealand Ltd
Guided tour

From Queenstown: Skippers Canyon 4-Wheel-Drive Tour

Activity provider: Outback New Zealand Ltd

From US$ 164.08 per person

Take a journey of legends on a road ranking with the most spectacular in the world. Experience the best of New Zealand's high country and history.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from central Queenstown accommodations is included. Surround suburbs (Kelvin Heights, Frankton, Arthur's Point, Fernhill and others) by arrangement. Please contact to reconfirm pick up arrangement and time.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Travel the Skippers Canyon Road
  • Cross the Skippers Suspension Bridge
  • Visit the restored Skippers township
  • Gold pan in the Shotover River
Full description
Take a drive through the historic Skippers Canyon on this half-day heritage adventure along the rugged and treacherous Skippers road. While your guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon, visit many historic sites such as the Skippers suspension bridge and the township of Skippers. In this town long since abandoned, discover the many original buildings waiting for exploration. Visit the restored schoolhouse and gain an insight into the local heritage of life in this tough environment through photographs and artifacts from the early days of the settlement. On your return to Queenstown, stop to try your hand at gold panning in one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world.  Created by being hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley and heavily featured in "The Lord of the Rings," British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.  
  • Gold panning
  • Refreshments
  • Pickup from Queenstown accommodation
  • Lunch

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Pickup from all central Queenstown accommodations
  • Minimum numbers of 2 passengers (paying adults rate) are required to confirm all trips. On NZ statutory holidays, minimum numbers of 4 passengers (paying adult rate) apply to all trips.There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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based on 4 reviews

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Great mornings drive. Awesome views, history of the area, felt safe the entire time. Just heads up- it is a 4WD tour- it will be bumpy, don’t whine when it is because you didn’t understand the trip you booked- it ruins it for the rest of us. It’s not a leisurely drive- there are pot holes, ups and downs. But for those like me who enjoy the outdoors and 4WD adventures- I loved it.

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October 26, 2022

Jenny our driver picked us up directly from our accommodation. She was very friendly and had a wealth of local history knowledge of the whole area. The road is considered one of the most dangerous in the world but Jenny's experience made it very easy to just enjoy the scenery and learn from her the in depth stories of the past and present. The miners and their families really did it tough. Now the area is being regenerated back to its natural beauty. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Queenstown, a pleasant change from the usual activities. You won't be disappointed.

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October 24, 2022

June 8, 2021

Product ID: 171396