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.

Easily handled by most 4WD vehicles and drivers with limited off road driving experience.

A great day out 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 stop at the local pub for a dust quenching drink and debrief. From Bannockburn we separate, and head back to Queenstown in our own time.




Available on our guided tour or tag along

Full commentary at each stop

Explore the stunning remote Nevis Valley and its past

Explore the rock tors on Duffers Saddle

Amazing views down to Lake Dunstan, Cromwell and the Pisa Range





    • $895 single vehicle - private tour
    • $POA - 2 or more vehicles




    • 8-10 hours ex Queenstown





    • Fully guided day
    • Hand held radio use
    • Morning tea
    • 15% NZ Goods and Service Tax


We offer discounts off the standard price with the following.

    • Booking 2 or more vehicles
    • Multi day bookings




  • 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.




3 steps for booking


  1. Email us at
  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




Full day tours depart 8:00 am


Different pickup times can be arranged if necessary.  Pickups 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.






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New Zealand


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