Gold Heritage: Skippers Canyon Tour

Journey down one of the most spectacular roads in the world combining best of New Zealand high country and history.

Queenstown, New Zealand
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NZD $175
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Child: NZD $80
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  • Gold panning
  • Refreshments
  • Pickup from Town Centre or Queenstown accommodation.

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Bring water, a camera, and a sense of adventure!


The Skippers Canyon 4WD tour departs from Queenstown heading out towards Coronet Peak. As you head up the peak towards the entrance to this spectacular canyon you will stop at Plane Table, which gives a stunning panoramic view of the Wakatipu Basin. After entering Skippers Canyon you will travel to Lighthouse Rock, which gives a dramatic lookout over the entire canyon. Follow in the footsteps of many adventurers and discoverers as this historical winding road brings you to the historic Skippers Bridge, which provides a stunning photo opportunity. 


Carefully travelling over the bridge, the road continues into the historical township of Skippers. Long since abandoned many original building still remain waiting for you to explore. Indulge in morning or afternoon tea at the Skippers Schoolhouse. Immerse yourself in the history of this stunning place as the restored schoolhouse divulges a wealth of information through photos and artefacts from the early days of this settlement. The cemetery depicts a more gloomy and dangerous life for these gold prospectors. 


Returning along the road you will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the heritage of the local area by turning your hand to a spot of gold panning. Our trained guides will teach you techniques to successfully pan for gold on one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. Some may also recognise spots along the Skippers Road as being featured in The Lord of The Rings.


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Snacks, hot drink, pick up and drop off any central accommodation or information centres

Suitable shoes; appropriate clothing. All you need to bring is water, a camera and a sense of adventure!

Hot drinks (tea, coffee and hot chocolate); biscuits and cakes.

We use a mixture of Land Rovers; Toyota Land Cruisers: Ford Transit vans and other 6 seater vans.  Our Land Rovers are certified for 8 passengers but we generally take only 6. Our Land Cruisers have 6 seats.  Transit vans have 11 seats. We can also provide 19, 21 and 22 seater buses.

The longest walk is about 15 minutes but it is not necessary to participate if you do not want to.

Our trips will depart in all weather conditions unless the operations manager considers it to be too dangerous.

We will pick you up and drop you at any central accommodation or information centre.

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Cancellation Policy: Full refund on Outback NZ products with more than 24hrs notice, NO REFUND for cancellations made within 24hrs of departure. NO REFUND for no shows or missed departures. OTHER OPERATORS will have their own cancellation policy (please ask for details if not stated above). All operators retain the right to cancel services due to weather or other concerns; in which case the customer will receive a full refund.

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Nomad Safaris
37 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand


NZD $175
ValueNZD $1855% OFF
Child: NZD $80
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