Private Passenger Tours
DESCRIPTION | 1 DAY EXPEDITION
Full day tour ex Queenstown featuring 2 historic Central Otago townships and the 16780 ha (41450 acre) Kopuwai conservation area. This tour allows visitors to not only visit but to experience this remote and wild region first hand. A genuine New Zealand high country adventure away from mainstream tourism.
From Queenstown we head west through the Kawarau Gorge past Cromwell and Lake Dunstan to historic Clyde, where we have time to grab a coffee and see Clyde Dam up close. From Alexandra we start climbing steeply to 1682m, providing commanding views over Central Otago, and the 26-metre rock, Kopuwai, also known as the Obelisk or Old Man Rock. This area has an average annual temperature close to zero degrees Celsius. As a result the ranges are dotted with distinctive schist rock tors and bisected by fields of freeze-thaw hummocks and mounds, creating a wave-like effect across the slopes and basins. The ground cover is dwarf, tundra-like vegetation of wind- blasted cushion plants. The low growing dracophyllum plant dominates these areas, along with several mountain daisies. The area is rich in Maori and European history. You can find native flora typical for the windy, mountainous region, and observe a variety of birdlife. The Old Man Range is a sub-alpine island for lizards and invertebrates.
We negotiate the old gold mining tracks and trails traversing the Old Man and Old Woman Ranges which run from north-west to south- east, creating a rain shadow that blocks and absorbs southerly fronts, making Central Otago New Zealand’s driest area. Attaining the height of 1740m we start travelling through the Kopuwai Conservation area, with stunning Central Otago vistas on our right, and the Nevis Valley and Hector Mountains on our left.
We come out at Duffers Saddle on the Nevis Road and proceed down through to the old gold mining township of Bannockburn, where a cool drink awaits in the old local pub.
ADULTS 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults Child PRICE $375pp $299pp $275pp $50
These prices are for private vehicle charter and guide. You will only be with your own group.
Full day tours depart 7:45 am
Different pickup times can be arranged if necessary. Pick-ups at local accommodation by prior arrangement. We can pickup in either Cromwell, Clyde or Alexandra.
These trips run from mid October to late April, depending on snow conditions and road conditions.
Please contact us to discuss dates.
4WD Expeditions Limited
PO Box 1046
From New Zealand
Email : info@4WDexpeditions.nz
Freephone : 0800 4WD FUN (493 386)
Cell : 021 244 3920
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