Private Passenger Tours




This expedition takes us south from Queenstown to the small country town of Garston where we say good bye to sealed roads and head for the hills.

With varied terrain of river flats and tussock grassland high country, old gold mining history, huge rock tors and the spiked native speargrass plants covering the mountain saddles, this expedition provides an adventurous day out without any difficult driving. A great day out exploring the remote Nevis Valley for the whole family, this expedition showcases what Central Otago has to offer.





From Queenstown we head south following Lake Wakatipu to the small township of Garston for a last takeaway coffee and fresh muffin.

From Garston we gain altitude and climb up into tussock country at the southern end of the Hector Mountains over Nokomai Saddle. We descend into the southern Nevis Valley where we find the Nevis River. Following the river the valley opens out to be a wide, barren, typical Otago high country valley. After numerous small fords and creek crossings we start to see the gold mining remnants, from sluicing ponds and pipework to historic buildings. We pass the old settlement and turn off to explore the old cemetery.

After lunch we head off again and from the Nevis crossing we leave the valley and river behind to climb up and over Duffers Saddle. We will spend time amongst the rock tors enjoying the magnificent views over Lake Dunstan, Cromwell and the Pisa Range. Descending down to the old 1858 township of Bannockburn, we can stop at the local pub for a dust quenching drink before heading back to Queenstown.




    • Explore the stunning remote Nevis Valley and its history.
    • Walk amongst rock tors on Duffers Saddle.
    • Amazing views down to Lake Dunstan, Cromwell and the Pisa Range.




ADULTS       2 Adults     3 Adults     4 Adults    Child PRICE          $495pp      $375pp      $299pp     $55

  • Min 2 adults, max 4 passengers
  • Child (16 and under)


  • These prices are for private vehicle charter.
  • You will not be with other people or groups.






    • 8-10 hours ex Queenstown




    • Fully guided
    • Morning tea and lunch
    • Extremely comfortable 4x4 vehicle
    • 15% NZ Goods and Service Tax




Full day tours depart 8:00 am


Different pickup times can be arranged if necessary.  Pick-ups at local accommodation by prior arrangement.




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

Please contact us to discuss dates.

These prices are for private vehicle charter and guide.





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