This is the ultimate three day Gold Trail and High Country Sheep Station Expedition exploring the magnificent Queenstown region.

On this tour we return to Queenstown each afternoon, so you can stay at your own selected accommodation and enjoy Queenstown's shopping, restaurants and night life.


Skippers Canyon was the scene of the frenzied 1862 gold rush on the Shotover River. We begin by negotiating the infamous 1889 Skippers Canyon Road, literally carved into the mountain sides along the Shotover River. We explore the canyon and its secrets, past and present.



From Skippers Canyon this expedition travels through to a wonderful, very private high country sheep station.  We spend the next day exploring this 33,000 acre farm with plenty of time to soak in the views or stretch the legs.

Leaving the sheep station, we head west and start travelling through the Kopuwai Conservation area, with stunning Central Otago vistas, varied history, magnificent rock tors and more.

With a guaranteed variety of tracks, diverse stunning scenery, local area commentary, authentic high country food and legendary experiences this expedition brings it all together.





Includes Skippers Canyon, a private high country sheep station and the Old Woman and Old Man Range.



DAY ONE | Queenstown and Skippers Canyon



Meet at Skippers turn off up Coronet Peak Road for safety briefing.

Skippers Canyon provides magnificent high country vistas, the powerful Shotover River and incredible gold mining history and relics. Visit the restored 1879 Skippers School House, legendary 1901 Skippers Bridge, and follow up the mighty Shotover River. Your guide has travelled this road literally thousands of times, and we will have plenty of time to share stories and interpretation of the area's rich gold mining endeavours.


After we come back down Coronet Peak we head back to Queenstown.



DAY TWO  | Private high country sheep station



This morning we set off into an impressive working high country sheep station which boasts a diverse range of terrain including glacial carved valleys, crystal clear rivers, ancient beech forest, sweeping tussock grasslands, steep bluffs and mountains. The station is incredibly rich in gold mining history, with an estimated 3000 gold miners in the area during the 1862 gold rush. This sheep farm is also home to New Zealand’s famous merino sheep. Plenty of time is allowed to soak in the mountains, river, and raw scenery. We head out to a remote hut for lunch before returning to Queenstown. Time has been allowed to go walking, gold panning or just chill out.



DAY THREE | Kopuwai Conservation area



This morning we set off west following the Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and Bannockburn. After a fuel and coffee stop we climb up towards Duffers Saddle on the Nevis Road.

Leaving the Nevis Road we start climbing again up to 1740m.

Traversing the mountain tops with Lake Dunstan behind us, the Nevis Valley, Hector Mountains and The Remarkables on one side, and Central Otago and Alexandra on the other side, the views are simply stunning. Plenty of time is allowed to investigate the amazing rock tors and soak in the vistas of this memorable region.





  • Small groups
  • Exclusive and extremely private
  • Meet and chat with sheep station owners
  • Genuine kiwi experiences
  • Visit New Zealand legend Barry Crumps remote southern home



    • $3250 per vehicle
    • $POA - 2 or more vehicles



    • 3 days of fully guided tag along
    • Hand held radio use
    • Morning tea
    • 15% NZ Goods and Service Tax


We offer discounts off the standard price with bookings of 2 or more vehicles.

Day 2 can be changed to the Pisa Range.



All our trips are run on demand.

We are able to confirm for one vehicle.

When available we are happy to be flexible with dates. We can break the tour up to include rest days during the tour if requested.




  • Vehicle insurance suitable for this tour.
  • All terrain tyres preferred with minimum 60% tread.
  • Hi/low ratio.
  • This tour is suitable for beginner to intermediate 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 communication over radios, English must be your first language.
  • Skippers Canyon is a public road. Private and rental vehicle insurance policies must be checked to make sure they include Skippers Canyon. We can direct you to rental companies in Queenstown that allow their vehicles in Skippers.
  • During summer the road does not require 4WD vehicles, but further up the canyon there are small creeks to cross and areas that require vehicles with suitable ground clearance. Please contact us to check vehicle suitability.
  • If necessary vehicles can be hired in Queenstown for this tour.




Three steps for booking


  1. Email us at info@4wdexpeditions.nz
  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






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