Wakatipu Basin


Wakatipu Basin



    Same of our most amazing sights are so close to Queenstown. This half day zig-zags spectacularly to the highest road pass in the country with expansive views of the Queenstown and the Wakatipu valley, then heads down to the quaintly restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. Picking up the historic gold mining theme we can explore wild and precipitous Skippers canyon, following the road cut into sheer rock by miners over a century ago or head into Gibbston Valley with it's short but rich history of gold mining, sheep grazing and now as the home of Pinot Noir wine in New Zealand


    Our route will be determined on the day by group preferences, weather and light conditions.


    • 4-5 Hours, Min 2 persons, Max 4 persons
    • PICK-UP & DROP-OFF. We pick you up from your Queenstown accommodation and drop you back when the day is over.
    • LIGHT REFRESHMENTS. Coffee, tea and biscuits are offered.
    • FLEXIBLE TOUR. Our itinerary will be determined on the day by group preferences, weather and light conditions. This itinerary is an example to inspire you with what we can see on this route. To discuss options, contact us.
    • ALL WEATHER TOUR. NZ is the land of four seasons in one day. We are equipped to handle all weather and to capture this region in all it's beautiful moods. TOURS CANCELLED only in dangerous conditions.
    • PROFESSIONAL MENTORING. We show you how to find and compose great shots and get more from your camera.

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You will only be gone 4-5 hours but you will feel like you've been a million miles away and lost in time. We climb the Crown Range Road to the high pass where we look out across the Wakatipu Basin, with Queenstown in the distance, the Kawarau river flowing out of Lake Wakatipu, joined downstream by the fast flowing Shotover. We amble down the restored main street of Arrowtown and explore the old chinese market gardens before climbing again to experience legendary Skippers Canyon Road, hewn into the sides of a rugged valley over 100 years ago.


  • A great range of amazing vistas and photo opportunities
  • Off the beaten track
  • Lots of local knowledge and information
  • Tuition to help you compose and capture great images

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