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Itinerary
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.
Locations visited
Coronet Peak
Nomad Safaris
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.
Highlights
  • Half-day 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon from Queenstown
  • Enjoy light refreshments and panning for gold
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group tour ensures personalized commentary
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Fantastic experience and great guide!

Jenny was punctual and made the vehicle clean and neat before picking us up! She even had the baby and child seats ready for our two young children! She is experienced with the whole route to and fro skippers canyon and is a very careful...More

Thank AYeo0305
Reviewed 8 June 2018
Fun way to see Skippers Canyon

We had a half day tour of skippers canyon. Jenny our driver was the best! She knows so much, and we had a lot of fun - that girl can drive!! We got to put chains on and head into the canyon on one of...More

Thank KarenEC03
NomadSafarisQT, Front Office Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Karen, thank you very much for your fantastic review. Skipper Canyon is such an amazing place. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the trip with Jenny. She is a very knowledgeable guide. We will pass your kind words to her. Hope...More

Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile
Loved every minute of this tour

Had an amazing tour today. Our guide Sandiago 2 was the best guide we have ever had. He was passionate about his role. He really made this tour above and beyond our expectations . The tour is spectacular with the best views also added excitement...More

Thank Thewilkster
NomadSafarisQT, Front Office Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Wilkster, many thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and a fantastic review! Santiago would be stoked to hear your praise. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the trip and felt safe at all times.

Reviewed 26 May 2018
Getting to Skippers

Great company to deal with. At short notice changed our afternoon tour to another day, no problem doing so. We drove to the Nomad depot in Gorge road, met up with our driver/guide (Justin). Had a brilliant trip out to Skippers, would definitely not drive...More

Thank Michael A
NomadSafarisQT, Front Office Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Michael, many thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and a fantastic review! We're delighted to hear you had such an enjoyable time with us, our Skippers Canyon trip certainly takes customers off the beaten track and show them the...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Fun adventure at Skippers Canyon

Our 4X4 driver and tour guide, Jaimie, was really fun and sociable and confident about her driving skills. She informed us well about the canyon and every stop we did had an awesome view. We were lucky we saw a herd of cows passed by...More

Thank Richard Jr C
NomadSafarisQT, Front Office Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Hi Richard, thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you had a terrific time. Our guide Jaimie is fun and very knowledgeable about Queenstown area. Skippers Canyon is a definitely a highlight. Come back next time and join another trip,...More

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