4WD SELF DRIVE MULTI DAY
DESCRIPTION | 6 DAY ADVENTURE
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.
MEETING DAY-SELF DRIVE | Queenstown 5:30pm
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 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 FOUR | 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 FIVE | Naseby and Oteake
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 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.
Big name exploration
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.
SELF DRIVE TRIP REQUIREMENTS
SELF DRIVE BOOKING
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4WD Expeditions Limited
PO Box 1046
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Freephone : 0800 4WD FUN (493 386)
Cell : 021 244 3920
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