Skippers Canyon For ATV Riding

The 7th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in New Zealand.

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Northeast of Queenstown, the Skippers 4WD Road descends into Skippers Canyon through dry bush.

To reach the trailhead from Queenstown, head north on Shotover Street. Turn left on Gorge Road (which becomes Arthur Point Road and then Malaghan Road) for 7km. Turn left heading up Coronet Peak Ski Area road for 4.5km. Turn left up Skippers Road for 0.6km to Skipper Saddle parking area.

The route continues north on the road to explore Skippers Canyon ghost town about another 16km ahead.

Overall, Skippers Canyon is the 7th most popular ATV riding trail of all 10 ATV trails in New Zealand. Several of the better atv trails are nearby Skippers Canyon including Macetown 4WD Road and Queenstown Hill.

Skippers Canyon, Queenstown (NZ)

Skippers Canyon, Queenstown (NZ)


Local Contact(s):  Queenstown DOC 03-442-7933; Nomad Safaris 4WD 64-3-442-6699; Offroad Adventures Rentals & Tours 03-442-7858

Recommended Book:  "Rough Guide To New Zealand" from

Recommended Map:  "New Zealand Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Base Camp:  Queenstown Youth Hostel (64) 3442-8413

Luxury Loding:  Sofitel Queenstown Hotel

GPS:  -44.940813, 168.705741

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  2/21/2018

ID:  22074


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