The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon tour is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. The Nomad Safari departs Queenstown to travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley, taking you on a 4WD adventure.
The Skippers Canyon Safari 4WD tour heads out of town towards Coronet Peak ski field. As you head up the mountain, take in panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin. After entering Skippers Canyon you will travel to Lighthouse Rock for a dramatic lookout over the canyon. Continue following in the footsteps of adventurers and discoverers as this historical winding road brings you to the historic Skippers Bridge – a perfect photo opportunity.
As your experienced Nomad Safari Queenstown guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon, you can relax and enjoy numerous historic sites along the journey, including a century old suspension bridge and the township of Skippers. Here you will visit the restored Schoolhouse where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and relics of life in this tough environment. Long since abandoned, several original buildings remain waiting to be explored. The nearby cemetery depicts a more gloomy and dangerous life for these gold prospectors.
On the return journey stop at Deep Creek where you can test your luck panning for gold in one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world, before your unforgettable Skippers Canyon tour reaches its end.
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.