Skippers Canyon is without a doubt a subject you will talk about.
An excursion into Skippers Canyon, the backcountry of Queenstown is certainly worth your time: landscapes that are only accessible in Skippers Canyon, historic remains at every corner, a familiar atmosphere in a comfortable 4WD minibus and of course your interaction with our Driver/Guide who will explain this goldmining area and stop on your demand will create a truly unforgettable experience.
Enjoy all that this breathtaking area has to offer: stunning scenery, peace and quiet and an exciting history. Located in Queenstown's backcountry, Skippers Canyon is one of New Zealand's best kept secrets. You will travel on Skippers Canyon Road alongside the Shotover River at a leisurely pace. Built between 1883 and 1890 in four sections, the historic road was considered an engineering feat in its day. Our mature Driver/Guides stop for photos when ever you want and explain this former goldmining area. It is your choice to experience this living history by walking short distances and get in touch with Queenstown's very heritage.
One of the highlights of your tour will be the crossing of Skippers Canyon Bridge. The bridge is 100m long and suspended 90m above the Shotover River by its original 14 wire ropes. You will then safely reach Skippers Point in the Mount Aurum Conservation Area and enjoy a lovely morning tea as home-made cheese on crackers, biscuits and some refreshments will be served.
Here is the time table for your unforgettable Skippers Canyon tour:
Daily Departures at:
8.30 am or 1:30 pm - 4 hour tour
12 pm or 5:30 pm
Pick up from your Queenstown accommodation
on demand photo stops and short walks, eg. over Skippers Canyon Bridge
Price per Adult: NZD160.--
Price per Child: NZD80.-- (up to 15 years of age)
You will travel in small groups of maximun 9 passengers in comfortable 4WD minibuses with a guarantee of a forward facing seat. Plenty of photo stops and short walks on this historic mountain road keep you busy during this 65 km return trip.