Scenic Tour

Experience Stunning Skippers Canyon Scenery.

Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour will take you on a journey into a land of outstanding natural beauty and rich in gold mining history, allowing you exclusive access to Winky’s Museum and the Sainsbury Gold Claim you will even be able to pan for your own gold.

The Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour begins with a guided drive into historic Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Canyon Road which was carved out of the vertical rock face by miners over 120yrs ago. With on board commentary from our knowledgeable drivers you will learn of the history of the area including the hardships endured by the miners who battled the harsh New Zealand conditions to extract gold from the richest gold bearing river in the world as well as experiencing Lord of the Rings locations first hand.

Once in the canyon you will be given an exclusive tour of Winky’s Museum set in the scenic surrounds of the Sainsbury Gold Claim, giving you an insight into the many techniques and types of equipment used by the miners as the area plays host to a vast array of relics that were used during the gold rush itself. Then after some complimentary refreshments it’s your chance to strike it rich by panning for your own gold.

The Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour offers a great balance of stunning scenery and local history just a short drive from central Queenstown. Be sure not to forget your camera as this trip is a photographer’s dream.


Adult: $155
Child: $95
Family: $310
(TWO adults and ONE child (Child age 3-15yrs))


-From outside the Station Building on the corner of Shotover and Camp Streets.
-Be there 10mins before departure time.


Summer: 8am and 1pm.
(October – April)

Winter: 9am and 1pm.
(May – September)


Allow 4hrs return from central Queenstown.


-Hotel pick up.
-Small group guided tour into Skippers Canyon.
-Informative commentary from our knowledgeable bus drivers.
-Spectacular scenery and photo opportunities.
-Snacks and refreshments with 5th generation Skippers Canyon locals.
-Exclusive tour of the Sainsbury Gold Claim and Winky’s Museum.
-Gold Panning.
-Return transport to central Queenstown.
-The option to upgrade to the Jet Boat ride for an extra $40.


-Dress for the conditions on the day!
-Summer: Hat, sunglasses, warm top, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and a camera.
-Winter: Warm hat, wind proof warm jacket, gloves, sunglasses, water and a camera. Dress like you are going skiing up the mountain and you’ll love it!


-This is a true backcountry experience- getting there is half the fun!
-We recommend using the toilet in the Station Building before departing Queenstown.
-‘No shows’ or cancellations within 24hrs of departure time are non-refundable.
-Please advise if you have any medical conditions, back problems or are pregnant.

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