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You will be picked up from your Queenstown accommodation and driven to Skippers Canyon, which is about a 15 minute drive from CBD Queenstown. The canyon is accessed via the same road that services Coronet Peak Ski-field.

Entering the canyon from Coronet Peak road we travel over the Skippers Saddle where you will get your first taste of what Skippers has to offer. You will be greeted with a jaw dropping view down the canyon with Mt Aurum in the background.

We then travel the 22 km of Skippers Road, stopping at various points along the way to capture images. Stopping points are very flexible and if you see that "magic spot" more often than not we can stop to get the image you are looking for.

As you travel about a 3rd of the way in the canyon, the Shotover River will become visible, once the richest gold bearing river in the world. Many miners used to pan for gold along this river during the gold rush days of the 1800's. This river is a magical shade of turquoise blue and adds to any photograph of the area.

At the end of Skippers Road, you will cross the Skippers Suspension Bridge opened in 1901 and then visit the old Skippers School and homestead that was used in the 1800's and early 1900's.

It is at this point we stop for a tea or coffee and some biscuits and discover the history surrounding this magical area. We then turn around and drive the 22km back out of the canyon looking for changes in light from when we entered to photograph more amazing scenery.

The tour takes approximately 4 hours and you will be dropped back at your Queenstown accommodation on completion.
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Historic Skippers School

Traverse the back roads of Skippers Canyon, accessed only by 4WD vehicle, on this private photography tour. Beginner or advanced photographers will find plenty of fantastic photo ops of this rustic landscape near Queenstown. Focus your lens on the glaciated waters of the Shotover River and learn about its former gold mining days. You’ll make multiple stops en route, including afternoon tea.

  • Private half-day photography tour of Skippers Canyon by 4WD
  • Learn photography techniques from a personal guide
  • Click your camera lens at the Shotover River and backdrop of Mt Aurum
  • Hear about the former gold mining region
  • Select a morning or afternoon departure from Queenstown
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Reviewed 11 March 2018
Everything we expected and more

Dan was an excellent guide giving advice on how to use our camera as well as supplying a very good camera for use by one of the group who only had a phone for photos. Dan went above and beyond to get the best shots...More

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Daniel T, Owner at Queenstown Photography Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thanks Bruce for the kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and got some awesome photos! Dan

Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile
Very personal and a professional photographer as well

This was a very good tour. It was just Dan and I with his parents as they were visiting him at the time. Dan goes out of his way to give you whatever you want. He would stop for pictures where ever I wanted as...More

Thank Jim G
Daniel T, Owner at Queenstown Photography Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thanks Jim for the review! It's always great to hear what customers have to say. Hope you got some amazing photos and had an amazing time in New Zealand. Cheers, Dan

Reviewed 15 December 2017
Skippers Canyon Great Tour

Great tour to Skippers Canyon. My wife and I booked in with Dan for the half day tour, although the lighting was quite harsh for the afternoon tour Dan was able to direct us to some great image locations and return for others later in...More

Thank Cicarda1
Daniel T, Owner at Queenstown Photography Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thanks for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your tours. Dan

Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile
Best birthday gift!!

I spent my birthday with this fabulous photography tour going through Skippers Canyon! I did not bring my SLR camera... no problem, the owner of this company was all over it and provided me with excellent equipment for the trip! The photo card was mine...More

Thank LuvingNZ
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Reviewed 24 November 2017
Photo tour to Skippers Canyon

I had heard that the road into Skippers Canyon is quite scary but Dan was such a careful and experienced driver that I had no concerns for our safety. Skippers Canyon is a great photography location and Dan was friendly, helpful and keen to share...More

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