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Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour - Half Day

Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour - Half Day


  • Travel the Skippers Canyon Road
  • Cross the Skippers Suspension Bridge
  • Visit the restored Skippers township

This is a half-day tour visits the historic mining town of Skippers, with historic sights along the way. View the Shotover River Valley from up high, take photos of the incredible century-old suspension bridge, Skippers Bridge, and immerse yourself in the history of a bygone mining era.

What's Included?

  • Gold pan in the Shotover River
  • Gold panning gear
  • Light refreshments
  • Transfers & free accommodation pickups

Nomad Safaris offers a complete 4WD tour into the historic Skippers Canyon. The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon adventure is a half-day heritage tour that travels along the rugged and treacherous Skippers road. As your guide navigates along this awe-inspiring canyon you will visit many historic sites such as the historic Skippers suspension bridge and the historic township of Skippers. Visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and histories of life in this tough environment. British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world. Travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley. This is an exciting adventure the whole family will enjoy.

Trip Details The Skippers Canyon 4WD tour departs from Queenstown heading out towards Coronet Peak. As you head up the peak towards the entrance to this spectacular canyon you will stop at Plane Table, which gives a stunning panoramic view of the Wakatipu Basin. After entering Skippers Canyon you will travel to Lighthouse Rock, which gives a dramatic lookout over the entire canyon. Follow in the footsteps of many adventurers and discoverers as this historical winding road brings you to the historic Skippers Bridge, which provides a stunning photo opportunity.

Carefully travelling over the bridge, the road continues into the historical township of Skippers. Long since abandoned, much of the original building still remains, waiting for you to explore. Indulge in morning or afternoon tea at the Skippers School. Immerse yourself in the history of this stunning place as the restored school divulges a wealth of information through photos and artefacts from the early days of this settlement.The cemetery depicts a more gloomy and dangerous life for these gold prospectors. Returning along the road you will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the heritage of the local area by turning your hand to a spot of gold panning. Our trained guides will teach you techniques to successfully pan for gold on one of the richest gold-bearing rivers in the world. Some may also recognise spots along the Skippers Road as being featured in The Lord of The Rings.

Session Length

  • Please allow 4 hours for this experience
  • The experience departs at 8:15am or 1:30pm
  • Booking time will be confirmed by the experience provider


  • Adult: 15+ years
  • Child: 4-14 years
  • Children aged 0-3 years are free, please advise at the time of booking
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

A minimum of 3 participants are required for morning departure; 2 for a confirmed departure in the afternoon. Minimum 4 on NZ public holidays.


In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider

Dress Code

Dress warmly for outdoor adventures in the mountains.

Other Info

Please read Disclosure of Risks and Weather Cancellation Policy here

This experience departs from Queenstown, New Zealand.

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