SINGLE DAY 4WD TAG-ALONG
DESCRIPTION | 1 DAY EXPEDITION
Full day tour ex Queenstown featuring 2 historic Central Otago townships and the Kopuwai Conservation Area, a 20,000 ha stretch of land covering the Old Man and Old Woman Ranges, from 800 m above sea level to 1,682 m at the Obelisk/Kopuwai. 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. With gold mining history, rare flora and fauna, and an exciting range of 4x4 tracks this tour is simply stunning.
The Kopuwai 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. Please see the videos to get a better understanding of the shear remoteness and beauty of this area.
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.
We offer discounts off the standard price with the following.
TAG ALONG TRIP REQUIREMENTS
TAG ALONG BOOKING
Three steps for booking
Full day tours depart 7:45 am
Different pickup times can be arranged if necessary. Pickups 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.
As our trips run on demand please contact us to discuss suitable 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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