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Half-Day Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure from Queenstown

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  • Half-day 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon from Queenstown
  • Enjoy light refreshments and panning for gold
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Half-Day Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure from Queenstown
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Overview
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 (22)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Guide made this trip

Morning started off pretty average with the check in staff not being able to find my booking which I had confirmed the night before, which caused some stress. But jumped into the 4wd when I showed up with Tom and away we went... from the...More

Thank azza_w23
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fabulous afternoon in Skippers Canyon

My husband and I booked this tour when planning our customised itinerary with Pure Journeys. We had a beautiful hot, blue day which was a great start! Justin turned up to pick us up from our hotel bang on time. We were delighted to discover...More

Thank Feistlet1967
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Better than the Grand Canyon!!! Awesome views and great fun

I had an amazing day with Nomad Safari, Justin drove us out to the canyon on the 4th most dangerous road in the world in the 4x4 car. Some of the most incredible views i've seen in NZ and our tour guide/driver Justin knew so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LinziT24
NomadSafarisQT, Public Relations Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello There Thank you for taking the time to leave such lovely feedback! Skippers Canyon really is a amazing place!- a thrilling road, awesome views, and amazing history. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with Justin, we will pass along your kind words!...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great way to experience what surrounds Queenstown

Good people are hard to find but Nomad Safari's have one in Fabian. Thank you mate for making our journey so enjoyable. This 4 hour 4WD adventure takes in parts of surrounding Queenstown that I would never have thought I would see. From the back...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tubericketts
NomadSafarisQT, Public Relations Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with Fabian. We will be certain to pass along your kind words to him. It was a pleasure to have hosted you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Whole Family Pleaser

We just returned from our tour with Nomad Safaris. Our family can be a challenge to please everyone since we have a range in kid ages (16, 12 and 7) and fear/activity level tolerance (me, everyone else). We all had a great time splashing around...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marisa W
NomadSafarisQT, Public Relations Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Marisa. Thank you for taking the time to post such an excellent review. We are so glad your whole family enjoyed your tour with Ross, he really is a great driver and guide. It was a pleasure to have hosted you in Queenstown and...More

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