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.

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

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.

 

 

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Full day ex Queenstown adventure
  • Commanding views over Central Otago
  • Historic Clyde and Clyde dam
  • Available on our guided passenger tour or tag along
  • Explore the wild remote Kopuwai Conservation area
  • Explore the rock tors on Duffers Saddle
  • Amazing views down to Lake Dunstan, Cromwell and the Pisa Range
  • A photographers dream!

 

PRICE

 

  • $699 single vehicle - private tour
  • $460 per vehicle - 2 or more vehicles

 

DURATION

 

  • 8-10 hours ex Queenstown

 

INCLUDED

 

  • Hand held radio use
  • Morning tea

 

We offer discounts off the standard price with the following.

  • Booking 2 or more vehicles
  • Family bookings
  • Multi day bookings

 

TAG ALONG TRIP REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Vehicle insurance suitable for this tour.
  • All terrain tyres preferred with minimum 60% tread.
  • Hi/low ratio.
  • This tour is suitable for beginner levels of off-road driving experience. However, this tour operates on private sheep station farm tracks and DOC land. As per most backcountry routes this tour has narrow tracks, and tracks at height. Drivers need to be confident driving on back country roads.
  • A full list of vehicle requirements is on our booking form. Contact us for details.
  • Due to hazard identification over hand held radios, English must be your first language.
  • This expedition operates on farm tracks and DOC land. As per most backcountry routes this tour has narrow tracks, and tracks at height. Drivers need to be confident driving on back country roads.
  • Due to hazard identification over hand held radios, English must be your first language.
  • Vehicle insurance for 'off road' driving needs to be checked before booking this tour.

 

TAG ALONG BOOKING

 

Three steps for booking

 

  1. Email us at info@4wdexpeditions.nz
  2. We will send you a link to the booking forms. Please read, sign and return. We can collect these on tour day.
  3. Payment options
    1. Online link we will supply - visa, mastercard, eftpos
    2. Direct bank transfer
    3. On the day, visa, mastercard, eftpos or cash

 

TRIP DEPARTURES

 

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.

 

DATES AVAILABLE

 

These trips run from mid October to late April, depending on snow conditions and road conditions.

 

Next Kopuwai tag along 17/1/2019 - Spaces available

 

As our trips run on demand please contact us to discuss suitable dates.

 

 

 

CONTACT US

 

 

 

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4wd expeditions queenstown new zealand

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

 

From Overseas / International

Email  :  info@4WDexpeditions.nz

Phone : + 64 21 244 3920

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