Golden Back Roads

Explore Central Otago’s unique landscape in a 4×4 with your own knowledgeable driver-guide. You’ll learn about the region’s history and gain access to locations and scenery only Queenstown Guided Expeditions can take you to in their specialized expedition vehicle.

High-Country Passes – Open vistas, fascinating history and a working sheep farm are all to be seen and enjoyed on this epic 4×4 expedition. See the rugged Devil’s Staircase before enjoying a gourmet expedition lunch in the historic Nevis Valley. Then it’s onward to the jaw-dropping scenery of the notorious Nevis Gorge. Learn about the area’s rich gold mining history as you stroll through the relics of Nevis Village.

The Golden Canyon – The best trip for extraordinary views of the Wakatipu Basin and the Shotover Canyon. We’ll drive up Coronet Peak Road and stretch our legs along an old bridle path to absorb amazing views of the Shotover Canyon. We’ll then drive along Skipper’s Road and stop for a gourmet expedition lunch on the bank of the Shotover River. The afternoon is spent exploring Branches and the reconstructed Skipper’s Township.

Twin Lakes – Explore Central Otago’s unique back country landscape! Take a seat in our equipped 4×4 with a qualified and experienced driver. Enjoy a delicious gourmet Expedition lunch on the shores of the lake and take a lakeside bush walk after lunch, before heading to Walters Peak and the TSS Earnslaw to enjoy a refreshing beverage as you steam to Queenstown.

Complementary Experiences include guided tours of sheep and deer farms, a tour of Lord of the Rings filming locations, and historic Arrrowtown. Optional Upgrades include the Shotover Jet, Canyon Swing and Fox combo and helicopter options, Get in touch to find out more.