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 to historic Bannockburn. From Bannockburn we start climbing steeply to 1280m on the Duffers Saddle Road, providing commanding views over Lake Dunstan and Cromwell. 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 bird life. 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 Woman and Old Man 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 left, and the Nevis Valley and Hector Mountains on our right.
We come out via the Obelisk Rock at 1682m before dropping steeply into Central Otago. Heading back we stop at historic Clyde for a quick refreshment and a look at the 1860's gold mining era buildings, then onto the Clyde dam view point and back to Queenstown.
ADULTS 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults Child PRICE $495pp $375pp $299pp $55
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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