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Queenstown – Skippers Canyon

The Queenstown Skippers Canyon Tour is the best way to experience all that Skippers Canyon has to offer. The Skippers Canyon Tour takes place in small groups and includes a gold claim tour, refreshments with 5th generation locals, and an exhilarating Shotover Jet boat ride on the Shotover River.

Your journey begins with slowly making your way down the historic and stunning Skippers road, with ample opportunity for photos as you weave your way through the Southern Alps to the Shotover River at Deep Creek.

On arrival at Deep Creek, you’ll be given life jackets and spray jackets for your Shotover Jet boat ride. Hold on tight as your experienced boat driver navigates the narrow river channel, skimming over shallow 6 inch deep river beds with 360 degree spins as the boat turns in its own length.

Once you’ve got your breath back, you’ll have the opportunity to be shown around the Sainsbury gold claim and try gold panning for yourself. With so much incorporated into this excursion, this really is the most unforgettable Skippers Canyon Tour.

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Tour Guideline Price:

NZD $195 / GBP £106


Half day

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Please note: All optional excursion descriptions represent a typical itinerary and will not necessarily operate exactly as outlined. Distant Journeys reserves the right to change the local operators at short notice if deemed necessary and appropriate.


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