skippers canyon bridge tour queenstown new zealand

Private Passenger Tours




Join Queenstown's most experienced 4x4 guide with a private charter tour exploring the stunning Skippers Canyon. We explore Skippers Canyon, made famous by the 1860's gold rush, via Coronet Peak and the infamous 1889 Skippers Canyon Road which roughly follows the gold-rich Shotover River. This tour offers a genuine 4x4 experience with stunning vistas of the southern high country, incredible views, awe-inspiring photographic opportunities in an isolated and fascinating area.


Your local kiwi guide Del, has nearly 30 years commercial 4 wheel drive experience in Skippers Canyon, guiding literally thousands of  tourists since 1990. His exceptional guiding ability, knowledge of the area and experience of the road conditions, make this a truly remarkable adventure into the Queenstown high country.


Half and Full day tours available.



HALF DAY TOUR (up to 4.5 hours)


Departing at 8am and 1pm, this tour provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the Shotover River Canyon and Skippers region up to the 1879 Skippers School house.


Highlights of this half day include:


  • Dels guiding and his commentary
  • Opportunity to try gold-panning
  • Hells and Heavens Gates
  • Lighthouse Rock
  • Historic gold mining relics
  • Shotover River
  • Major Lord of the Rings locations
  • Engineering marvel Pinchers Bluff
  • Traversing Skippers Bridge (1901)
  • Skippers School (1879)
  • Skippers Cemetery
  • and much more..





Includes all the sights from the half day tour with the added bonus of exploring the more remote, seldom visited, beautiful Upper Shotover River Valley to the Branches Sheep Station.


Highlights of this full day include everything from half day tour plus :


  • Experience the more rugged track to road end at Branches Station
  • Explore the seldom visited Upper Shotover
  • Packers Point and its incredible views
  • Otto Strohle's hut (often photographed with Autumn colors)
  • Branches Road
  • Campbells Saddle
  • Mcleods Bluff
  • Sandhills diversion
  • View of Nugget Mine stamping battery
  • Leisurely picnic lunch beside the Upper Shotover River
  • On hot summer days - chance for a cooling swim in the Upper Shotover River or immersion in a crystal clear mountain waterfall, bring a towel !
  • Opportunity to combine with a Jet Boat tour up the Shotover River (this is an additional add on and must be requested at time of booking)
  • and much more..










ADULTS       2 Adults     3 Adults     4 Adults    Child PRICE          $195pp      $175pp      $155pp     $70

  • Min 2 adults, max 4 passengers
  • Child (16 and under)
  • Includes morning / afternoon tea
  • Duration up to 4.5 hours




ADULTS       2 Adults     3 Adults     4 Adults    Child PRICE          $375pp      $299pp      $275pp     $50

  • Min 2 adults, max 4 passengers
  • Child (16 and under)
  • Includes morning tea and lunch
  • Duration up to 8 hours


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







Morning tour departs 8:00 am

Afternoon tour departs 1:00 pm

Full day tour departs 8:00 am


Different start times can be arranged by request where possible. Pick-ups at local accommodation by prior arrangement.




Skippers Canyon passenger tours operate in rain, hail, snow and sunshine all year around.






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