skippers canyon bridge tour queenstown new zealand





Join Queenstown's most experienced 4x4 guide on your own private tour exploring the stunning Skippers Canyon, made famous by the 1860's gold rush. Travel 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.


Our private tour explores more of Skippers Canyon than any other companies half day trip, and we guarantee no vans or buses !


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 day and full day tours available.



HALF DAY PRIVATE (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 include:


  • Dels 30 years Skippers guiding experience
  • We go further !
  • 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 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          $229pp      $209pp      $199pp     $45

  • Minimum 2 adults per booking
  • Maximum 4 passengers
  • Child (16 and under) $45
  • Includes morning / afternoon tea
  • Duration up to 4.5 hours
  • Includes 15% NZ Goods & Services Tax





ADULTS       2 Adults     3 Adults     4 Adults    Child PRICE          $475pp      $365pp      $295pp     $45

  • Minimum 2 adults per booking
  • Child (16 and under) $45
  • Maximum 4 passengers
  • Includes morning tea and lunch
  • Duration up to 8 hours
  • Includes 15% NZ Goods & Services Tax




Glenorchy and Skippers Canyon tour


ADULTS       2 Adults     3 Adults     4 Adults    Child PRICE          $458pp      $338pp      $275pp     $45

  • Minimum 2 adults per booking
  • Child (16 and under) $45
  • Morning private Skippers Canyon tour
  • Afternoon private Glenorchy Paradise tour
  • Up to 4 passengers
  • Includes morning tea, snacks
  • For lunch we stop in Queenstown or Glenorchy for an hour. At own expense
  • Duration up to 8.5 hours
  • Includes 15% NZ Tax




Private charter prices are for vehicle charter and guide. You will not be with other people or groups

Payment can be made direct on the day with credit cards, eftpos or cash. Contact us for details.







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.






25 March 2019

Do it!

Highlight of our holiday so far. This time in NZ we wanted to get off the beaten track. Absolutely amazing! So completely different from the Queenstown side of the mountains. We are coming back in June 2020 to do it all again in the snow. Can't wait. Highly recommended. If you want a tour without sharing in a group this is perfect.

Rosemary, Australia


My wife and I recently did the Skipper’s Canyon tour with Del as our driver and guide. Del was fantastic - incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and showed us all the best features and views the canyon has to offer. He was great to have a chat with and share a few laughs - we learned so much along the way. My wife doesn’t normally do too well heights or steep drop offs on a bumpy road, but with Del’s experience on that road, she felt very safe and had the best time. We stopped in one of the most spectacular spots I’ve ever had the pleasure to have a delicious morning tea - supplied by Del (he even did an amazing job catering to our dietary requirements). Before going, I was a little concerned about heading out the same way as we came in, thinking that travelling the same route twice would take away from the experience - I couldn’t be more wrong! It was amazing travelling the same picturesque track with a completely different perspective, this was also enhanced by the different lighting and low lying cloud we experienced on the way in. I couldn’t recommend this tour with Del highly enough, we want to come back and do the same trip again, but in winter with some snow - we also want to see all the other trips Del has to offer. This is a must do!

Toby Pickering, Australia









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