BIG SKY CENTRAL OTAGO  FIVE DAY TAG ALONG / PASSENGER TOUR

 

ADVENTURE DESCRIPTION

 

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 2 pax)

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Five days starting in Cromwell.

 

MEETING DAY | Cromwell 5pm onwards

 

All participants to meet in Cromwell for a compulsory logistics & safety talk @ 5:30pm. Vehicles will be inspected and gear lists checked off. This night provides a good chance for meet and greet, and sort out any last minute requirements.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

Big name exploration

    • Old Man Range
    • Old Woman Range
    • Cromwell
    • Ophir
    • Naseby
    • Danseys Pass
    • Benmore Dam
    • Omarama Saddle
    • St Bathans
    • Mt Buster
    • Alexandra
    • Oteake
    • Keyburn diggings
    • Serpentine
    • Poolburn
    • Kopuwai
    • Thomsons Track
    • Bendigo
    • Hawkdun Range
    • Maori rock art (c.1400-1800)

 

 

TRIP REQUIREMENTS

 

Vehicle requirements

  • Four wheel drive
  • All terrain tyres, 70% tread
  • Hi/low ratio
  • Sense of adventure

 

 

 

PRICE

 

Tag along price

  •  $1695 per vehicle
    • only available with direct bookings
    • minimum numbers apply

 

We offer discounts off the standard price with the following-

  • bookings of 2 or more vehicles
  • multi tour bookings
  • family bookings

 

Passenger price POA

 

 

DATES AVAILABLE 2018/19

 

December 2018

  • 3rd - 7th, 17th - 21st

 

January 2019

  • 31st Dec - 4th, 14th - 18th, 28th - 1st Feb

 

February 2019

  • 4th - 8th, 18th - 22nd

 

March 2019

  • 11th - 15th, 25th - 29th

 

April 2019

  • 1st - 5th, 15th - 19th

 

Trips are also run on demand, contact me if you have alternate dates in mind. When available we are happy to be flexible with dates.

 

 

 

 

 

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CONTACT DEL

4WD Expeditions Limited

PO Box 1046

Queenstown 9348

New Zealand

 

From New Zealand

Email : info@4WDexpeditions.nz

Freephone : 0800 4WD FUN (493 386)

Cell : 021 244 3920

 

From Overseas / International

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Phone : + 64 21 244 3920

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