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Skippers Canyon scenic jet boat tour: stunning scenery and rich history

Combine a taste of adventure with dramatic scenery and local history - the best way to experience the beauty and thrill of the Skippers Canyon. Located in Queenstown’s glorious backcountry, Skippers Canyon is a truly remarkable area, rich in gold mining history and outstanding scenery.

 

Combine a taste of adventure with dramatic scenery and local history - the best way to experience the beauty and thrill of the Skippers Canyon. Located in Queenstown’s glorious backcountry, Skippers Canyon is a truly remarkable area, rich in gold mining history and outstanding scenery.

Skippers road
Skippers Road is protected by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a significant historical site. The road is unique and it’s hard to picture until you have experienced it. Carved out of the vertical rock face by miners over 120yrs ago, it hasn’t changed much at all!

Skippers Canyon

Skippers road is a public road, but no Rental Cars allowed - your insurance will not cover any potential damage. So leave it up to the experts to take you in. Beginning with a guided drive into the historic canyon, you will have ample photo opportunities and time to enjoy the stunning views. You may even recognise the backdrop if you've seen the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies. Your guide will provide on board commentary as you slowly make your way down the dramatic Skippers road, through the Southern Alps to the Shotover River at Deep Creek.

Adventure jet boat ride
Arriving at Deep creek, you board the Skippers Canyon Jet Boat. Sit back, hold on, and try to relax as your experienced boat driver takes you through the sheer canyon walls along the Shotover River. With skill and speed your driver will skim over shallow 6 inch deep river beds, and to keep the excitement levels high, throw in a few 360 degree spins. Pay attention. Your driver will point out historic gold mining relics that still remain in the river as well as famous Lord of the Rings film locations.

Meet the locals
After your Jet Boat ride, it’s onwards for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee with 5th generation local residents Winky & Jerry Hohneck, who will show you around the Sainsbury Gold Claim. The Winky’s Museum hosts an array of mining relics that were used during the gold rush itself. You’ll even get the chance to strike it rich and pan some gold for yourself.

Why skippers canyon?
This is a truly unique Queenstown half day experience, combining Queenstown’s rich gold history, remarkable scenery and the sheer thrills of Jet boating on the Shotover river.