Big name exploration

    • Old Man Range
    • Old Woman Range
    • Cromwell
    • Ophir
    • Naseby
    • Omarama Saddle
    • St Bathans
    • Mt Buster
    • Alexandra
    • Oteake
    • Keyburn diggings
    • Serpentine
    • Poolburn
    • Kopuwai
    • Thomsons Track
    • Hawkdun Range
    • Skippers Canyon





Vehicle requirements

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





Tag along price

  • $1850 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






December 2018

  • 3rd - 8th,
  • 17th - 22nd


January 2019

  • 31st Dec - 5th,
  • 14th - 19th,
  • 28th - 2nd Feb


February 2019

  • 4th - 9th
  • 18th - 23rd


March 2019

  • 11th - 16th
  • 25th - 30th


April 2019

  • 1st - 6th
  • 15th - 20th


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.











From high country passes to remote arid valleys, huge quartz seams and charming remote inns. This expedition is as magical as it gets. Six days of wonderfully diverse four wheel driving while exploring Central Otago history, characters and scenery. 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)





Six days starting in Omarama.



MEETING DAY | Omarama 5:30pm onwards


All participants to meet in Omarama 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 | Omarama through to Central Otago


From 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 TWO | 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 THREE | Dunstan Mountain range


Today we cross the Dunstan Mountain Range twice. Firstly over a spectacular track reaching the height of 1650m (5400ft). With commanding views over Central Otago to the East, Mt Aspiring, Southern Alps, Lake Dunstan and the Pisa Range to the West. The video below showcases this extreme area. After a lunch stop we cross back over into Central Otago via Thomsons track and a scenic detour up to Mt Moka. Tonights accommodation can be in Omakau, Ophir, Lauder, Chatto Creek or Alexandra.





DAY FOUR | 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 Alexandra and Clyde.





DAY FIVE | Kopuwai Old Man, Old Woman Range


Todays adventure takes us into the Kopuwai Conservation area, up onto the Old Man and Old Women Ranges. From Cromwell 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 SIX | Skippers Canyon


Skippers Canyon provides magnificent high country vistas, the powerful Shotover River and incredible gold mining history and relics. Visit the restored 1879 Skippers School House, legendary 1901 Skippers Bridge, and follow up the mighty Shotover River. Your guide has travelled this road literally thousands of times, and we will have plenty of time to share stories and interpretation of the area's rich gold mining endeavours.




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