Skippers Canyon 03

A landscape unlike any other. Skippers Canyon once lured gold miners seeking their fortune—who were bold enough to build a road deep into the canyon—today its immense and powerful beauty lures sightseers.

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Skippers Canyon 03

Access to Skippers Canyon begins just 20 minutes out of Queenstown, adjacent to the Coronet Peak skifield. Skippers Canyon is a 22-kilometre gorge carved out by the Shotover River and is an integral part of the region's rich gold mining past.

The Skippers Road was constructed at the height of the gold rush in the late 1860s when the Shotover River was regarded as one of the richest gold-bearing rivers in the world. It took the pioneering gold miners 22 years to hack their way through the sheer rock walls of the canyon in the hope of striking fortune. Today, the road offers a breathtaking journey along a road that clings to the sheer sides of the canyon walls. Skippers Canyon is part of the Mt Aurum Recreation Reserve.



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