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Experience Skippers Canyon

Skippers Canyon is gold country. In the 1860s, gold was discovered in the Shotover River triggering a great rush of miners from all corners of the world. To journey up the precariously narrow road through the rugged landscape of Skippers Canyon is to follow in the footsteps of these hardy gold-hungry pioneers.

From the comfort of an expertly driven Luxury 4WD you will experience this truly wild terrain and jaw-dropping scenery while your experienced local guide brings to life tales of hardship and enterprise, life and death, riches and destitution. 




Stepping back in time you will visit old claims, graves and the restored historic buildings of Skipper's town, and also have the opportunity to get out and explore the wilder environment on foot. For the more adventurous we offer an exclusive trip up the river with Skippers Canyon Jet, unbeatable access to incredible scenery, and the stories that go with it!

Beau Rapley is from this land. Born and bred in the local area he is a seasoned rafting guide and has been guiding and adventuring in this spectacular part of the world for much of his life. Not only does Beau have an intimate knowledge of the landscape and it's history, but he knows how to find those special viewpoints that no-one else knows, the secret picnic spots, and the discrete access to private land and locations. Your experience of Skippers Canyon will be yours and yours alone.

Beau counts Skippers as one of Queenstown's 'must dos' because “’s so close to Queenstown, yet feels so incredibly remote. At the very you have to go to the Skippers Saddle, just to look at Mt Aurum. I think it’s one of the most magnificent views in the district”. 

Skippers Canyon is one of the region's best-known local secrets and a favourite with many of our clients. 

The breath-taking scenery, the history, and the backcountry location that isn't far from Queenstown mean that it should be on your list of places to see on your next visit to New Zealand.

For more information about how we can take you to locations like this and much more, get in touch today.

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