Big name exploration

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







 ADULTS        2 Adults     3 Adults     4 Adults    Child PRICE/DAY    $495pp      $395pp      $335pp     $150

  • Minimum 2 adults
  • Child (16 and under)
  • Maximum 4 passengers
  • Duration - 8 to 12 hours per day




  • Morning tea and lunch
  • Extremely comfortable 4x4 vehicle
  • Includes 15% NZ Goods & Services Tax


These prices are for private vehicle charter and guide.








  • $5400 single vehicle
  • $POA - 2 or more vehicles




  • 6 days of fully guided 4WD tag along
  • Hand held radio use
  • Morning tea
  • Includes 15% NZ Goods & Services Tax


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.




  • Vehicle insurance suitable for this tour.
  • All terrain tyres preferred with minimum 60% tread.
  • Hi/low ratio.
  • This tour is suitable for beginner to intermediate levels of off-road driving experience. However, this tour operates on private sheep station farm tracks and DOC land. As per most backcountry routes this tour has narrow tracks, and tracks at height. Drivers need to be confident driving on back country roads.
  • A full list of vehicle requirements is on our booking form. Contact us for details.
  • Due to hazard identification over hand held radios, clients must be fluent in english.
  • Skippers Canyon is a public road. Private and rental vehicle insurance policies must be checked to make sure they include Skippers Canyon. We can direct you to rental companies in Queenstown that allow their vehicles in Skippers.
  • During summer the road does not require 4WD vehicles, but further up the canyon there are small creeks to cross and areas that require vehicles with suitable ground clearance. Please contact us to check vehicle suitability.




3 steps for booking


  1. Email us at info@4wdexpeditions.nz
  2. We will send you a link to the booking forms. Please read, sign and return. We can collect these on tour day.
  3. Payment options
    1. Online link we will supply - visa, mastercard, eftpos
    2. Direct bank transfer
    3. On the day, visa, mastercard, eftpos or cash








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 Queenstown. For clients starting in Omarama this tour can be run in reverse if necessary.





All tag along participants to meet in Queenstown 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 | 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. Accommodation this night can be in Queenstown, Frankton or Arrowtown.





DAY TWO | 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 THREE | Poolburn and Serpentine (to old church)


Leaving Clyde, 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 FOUR | Dunstan Mountain range


Today we cross the Dunstan Mountain Range, exploring 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. Tonight’s accommodation can be in Naseby, St Bathans or Ranfurly.




DAY FIVE | 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 SIX | Central Otago through to The Mackenzie Country


From St Bathans we head into the hills, crossing over the Omarama Saddle with its stunning views towards Mt Aoraki / Cook. We follow the Manuhererika River up and over to Omarama, The Mackenzie Country and back to Queenstown.














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