4 Wheel Drive Expeditions offer fully guided off-road passenger and tag along tours.  Bring, rent or jump in my 4 wheel drive and explore Queenstown and Central Otago's remote and breathtakingly beautiful locations.

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4WD Expeditions offer tag along tours throughout the Queenstown lakes and Central Otago region. Our aim is to allow clients to travel on tracks and explore and experience places that they might not attempt on their own. We offer single and multi day tours, with varying degrees of difficulty.

All our tours are tailored to offer full flexibility with varying budgets, accommodation styles, experience levels and expectations. Clients can either bring their own vehicle or rent one easily out of Christchurch or Queenstown. We confirm for one vehicle and run tours on demand.

All aspects of our expeditions are hand-picked to ensure you have the greatest experience possible. If you have an adventurous spirit, an enquiring mind and a desire to see and experience the real South Island high country, then 4 Wheel Drive Expeditions is for you.


Please feel free to contact us with your questions and inquiries.

Further information about us can be found here.




These multi day tours are examples of itineraries we can run. Alternatively select multiple tours from the one day tours section below and we can create your own private tour.






4WD Expeditions offer exclusive passenger tours throughout the Queenstown lakes and Central Otago region. Del has a long history of outdoor exploration and has been a commercial 4WD driver/guide for the last 28 years, guiding literally thousands into the South Island high country. His 4WD experiences have led him to develop a broad and in-depth knowledge of the South Island back country. Using extremely comfortable vehicles and experienced local kiwi guides we aim to provide genuine back country experiences into places that clients might not attempt, or find on their own. We offer a variety of half, single and multi day tours, with varying scenery, history and conditions. All our passenger tours operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, and maximum 4. We do not mix groups, so the vehicle and guide is always exclusive to you.





Please feel free to contact us with any questions and inquiries.

Further information about us can be found here.







  • Small group sizes
  • Local family business run by kiwis
  • Del has been guiding tourists into the mountains since 1990
  • More individual attention - it's your trip and we make time for you
  • More flexible and personalised experiences
  • More time to look at the views, catch a fish, or just relax with a billy-made cuppa and admire the high country
  • Commentary from guides who have lived and worked in the high country
  • We are extremely professional and pay attention to detail
  • Extremely comfortable expedition class vehicles for exclusive passenger tours

Why choose us ?





In early March 2017 we completed a Southern Gold 3 day tag-along tour with 4WD Expeditions New Zealand. It was a well conducted tour that gave us an excellent experience of the high country in the greater Queenstown area. Our guide, Del, had a great depth and breadth of knowledge of all things pertaining to the natural and human history of the area. With radio contact between our vehicles, we were kept well informed on points of interest along the way and any hazards up ahead. Our previous 4WD experience had been mostly on beaches, however, Del was able to succinctly convey the knowledge that gave us the skills and confidence to negotiate the mountainous terrain and river crossings.

We would have no hesitation in highly recommending 4WD Expeditions. It is a professionally operated company that provides a top end experience in four wheel driving.

Alan Golder, Auckland



Simply Wonderful, 3 times better than i had hoped.

Ian and Kerry Norrie, NSW



Honestly one of the best times we had in New Zealand. A trip i would highly recommend to everyone.

James Donovan, Calgary



We thoroughly enjoyed our day with 4WD Expeditions. We started in Garston with a safety check and issue of radios and then followed Del in our own vehicle up over the southern end of the Hector Range and into the Upper Nevis Valley. Del has a lot of knowledge about the area and its history of settlement and gold mining. After a picnic lunch we left the Nevis for a memorable side trip to the Kopuwai Conservation Area on the Old Woman Range. Here the 4WD was more technical and challenging and after some steep climbing we were rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Central Otago landscapes.

We returned to the Nevis Road and finished the trip at the bottom of Duffers Saddle just before Bannockburn.

Del runs a professional tour with good briefings, a well equipped lead vehicle with safety gear and plenty of stops for photographs and sightseeing.

We have no hesitation in recommending Del and 4WD Expeditions for a memorable, entertaining and challenging day trip.

J&A Goodfellow, Christchurch



This was a great tour with a really great guide, Del. Skippers Canyon isn't to be missed while you're in Queenstown and Del provided great understanding and coverage of all that the Canyon has to offer.

Eamon M



Del was great to deal with right from first contact and we appreciated his guidance in preparing for the day. He is easy to get on with and made sure we had a great day.

Our trip meant that we experienced un-seasonal snow in April and we appreciated his expertise, local knowledge of the area and weather conditions.

Thoroughly enjoyed another aspect of the Central Otago landscape and we look forward to being able to join him again in the very near future.

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Wonderful 2 day tour with 4WD Expeditions in Queenstown area, tag-along in our own trucks - magic! Highly recommend this time of year - autumn with trees all shades of brilliant yellow,orange and red, set off the already impressive mountain and river landscape. We saw some amazing out-of-the-way spots with superb photo opportunities - truly NZ at its best.

Our guide Del was safety conscious, thoroughly professional, very knowledgeable both historically and geographically, with lots of anecdotes to make our tour come alive, nothing was a problem. Very quick and easy communication in the pre-tour phase too. His sense of humour kept us chuckling, very friendly, a good all-round Kiwi bloke with a passion for what he is doing.

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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


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Email : info@4WDexpeditions.nz

Phone : + 64 21 244 3920

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