BIG SKY CENTRAL OTAGO
FIVE DAY GUIDED SELF DRIVE / PASSENGER TOUR
Five days of wonderfully diverse four wheel driving while exploring Central Otago. Drive over high country passes, through remote arid valleys, visit huge quartz seams and charming remote inns. To cater for differing budgets, accommodation and food is not included in tour prices. Clients have the option to stay at lodges, hotels, motels, pubs and motor camps on this tour. Do not want to drive yourself? no problem, jump in the lead guide vehicle. (max 4 pax)
Five days starting in Queenstown.
DAY ONE | Old Man and Old Woman Range
Starting in Queenstown, we head through the old 1860s gold mining township of Bannockburn, up and over Duffers Saddle on the Nevis Road. We visit the impressive rock tors with extensive views over Lake Dunstan and the upper Nevis Valley. From Duffers Saddle, we head east up and over the Old Woman and the Old Man Ranges (Kopuwai Conservation Area), climbing to 1700 metres. From here, we drive to the Obelisk and its impressive views over Alexandra and Central Otago. Accommodation options include historic Clyde, Alexandra and historic Ophir.
DAY TWO | Poolburn and Serpentine (to old church)
Leaving Ophir, we head off to explore the Poolburn Reservoir and parts of the Serpentine Track (the location of one of New Zealand's most remote churches). Built in the early 1930s for irrigation and a great depression employment initiative, the Poolburn Reservoir and its striking scenery has been popularised by being used as a location in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. We finish the day in Naseby.
DAY THREE | Naseby and Oteake Conservation Area
Nestled under the Hawkdun Range, the small 1860s village of Naseby is now home to only 120 people. It’s hard to believe it was once home to 4000 miners, 18 stores, 14 hotels, two butchers and a hospital. From Naseby we climb up the side of Mt Buster, entering the Oteake conservation area and onto the Keyburn gold diggings. We have ample time to explore the extensive exposed quartz reefs and workings. From here we traverse this remarkable range and make our way back to Naseby. Accommodation options include a stay at the unique 1862 Danseys Pass Coach Inn, The Royal or The Ancient Briton (both 1863) in Naseby.
DAY FOUR | Danseys Pass and Omarama Saddle
With an early start we head up and over the alpine track of Danseys Pass, crossing the Kakanui Range from Central Otago to North Otago. Following up the Waitaki Valley we pass Kurow making a stop at Benmore dam. We lunch at Omarama, refuel and head back into the hills. Crossing over the Omarama Saddle with its views towards Mt Aoraki / Cook, we follow the Manuhererika River back into Central Otago. Accommodation options include Naseby, St Bathans Vulcan Hotel, Ranfurly and Otago rail trail pubs.
DAY FIVE | St Bathans and Bendigo
The last day begins with a visit to St Bathans and the Vulcan Hotel. Leaving Central Otago we cross over the Dunstan Range to Lake Dunstan and commanding views over the Pisa Range. From here we explore the Bendigo area and its extensive gold field remnants. The tour finishes mid afternoon, just 15 minutes north of Cromwell, and an hour east of Queenstown.
Big name exploration
FIVE DAYS - PRIVATE
ADULTS 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults Child PRICE/DAY $495pp $395pp $335pp $150
These prices are for private vehicle charter and guide.
GUIDED SELF DRIVE TOUR
We offer discounts off the standard price with bookings of 2 or more vehicles.
All our trips are run on demand.
We are able to confirm for one vehicle.
When available we are happy to be flexible with dates. We can break the tour up to include rest days during the tour if requested.
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