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This full day expedition provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the stunning Pisa and Criffel Mountain Ranges by 4WD.  From the Cardrona Valley floor, we ascend through the tussock high country  to  a desolate wind swept alpine region sculptured by its harsh exposed environment. Once on the summit (1963m Mt Pisa), we are rewarded with a 360 degree smorgasbord of views  including Lakes Wanaka. Hawea and Dunstan, with Cromwell town ship in sight as well as the Dunstan and Hawkdun Ranges.

This tour provides a rare opportunity to explore an pristine alpine environment which is only accessible by 4WD 3-4 months a year.







Leaving Queenstown we head over the Crown Range and follow on to the Cardrona Valley. Last coffee stop at the Cardrona village before we climb up onto the top of the Criffel Range at around 1500m.

From here we start the 4WD section crossing onto Department of Conservation land  and into the Pisa Conservation Area. Following a fun 4WD track we steadily climb to Mt Pisa at 1963m and its spectacular 360 vantage point.

We spend the day exploring down to Lake McKay and back up towards some amazing rock tors sticking out of the raw, barren, wind swept alpine environment. We finish the day with a well earned drink at one of New Zealand's oldest pubs, the 1863 Cardrona Hotel.


Due to safety and access considerations this is a dry weather trip.





Highlights of the tour include:


  • Explore the Pisa Range
  • Climb to 1963m, Mt Pisa
  • Lake Wanaka views
  • Lake Hawea views
  • Lake Dunstan views
  • Mt Aspiring views
  • Central Otago views
  • Visit Lake McKay
  • Traverse the tussock high country
  • Explore the alpine region
  • Towering rock tors


and much more..




    • $950 single vehicle - private tour
    • $POA - 2 or more vehicles




    • Up to 8 hours




    • 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.
  • Road tyres can be used on dry days but will need to be deflated to a lower pressure if necessary.
  • Hi/low ratio.
  • A full list of vehicle requirements is on our booking form. Contact us for details.
  • This tour is suitable for people with beginner to intermediate off-road driving experience, however the tour operates on backcountry tracks, private 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.
  • Suitable vehicles can easily be hired in Queenstown for this tour. Contact us for details.
  • Due to hazard identification over hand held radios, English must be your first language.




Three 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 - visa, mastercard, eftpos
    2. Direct bank transfer
    3. On the day, visa, mastercard, eftpos or cash




Full day tours depart 8:00 am


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



This tour requires minimum 3 days notice before tour date so we can check weather and access conditions.




These trips run from mid December to mid April, depending on snow conditions.

Please contact us to discuss dates.






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4wd expeditions queenstown new zealand

4WD Expeditions Limited

PO Box 1046

Queenstown 9348

New Zealand


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Freephone : 0800 4WD FUN (493 386)

Cell : 021 244 3920


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