Central Otago Private 4X4 Full Day Expedition

Central Otago Private 4X4 Full Day Expedition
Outdoor Activities > 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours > 4WD Tour
$265.92
Duration: 1 day
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Description

This full day expedition provides a wonderful opportunity to explore some of Central Otago’s best kept secrets, namely: The Kopuwai Conservation area, including the Old Man and Old Woman Ranges.

  • Private groups (2 - 4 passengers per vehicle)
  • Total flexibility with tour
  • Photographers paradise
  • 3 - 5 hours of actual off road driving
  • Discrete
  • Full commentary and interpretation
  • Authentic New Zealand high country experience 
  • Pickup time and location by arrangement
  • Delicious morning tea and lunch provided

From Queenstown we head west through the Kawarau Gorge past Cromwell and Lake Dunstan to historic Clyde, where we have time to grab a coffee and see Clyde Dam up close. From Alexandra we start climbing steeply to 1682m, providing commanding views over Central Otago, and the 26-metre rock, Kopuwai, also known as the Obelisk or Old Man Rock. This area has an average annual temperature close to zero degrees Celsius. As a result the ranges are dotted with distinctive schist rock tors and bisected by fields of freeze-thaw hummocks and mounds, creating a wave-like effect across the slopes and basins. The ground cover is dwarf, tundra-like vegetation of wind- blasted cushion plants. The low growing dracophyllum plant dominates these areas, along with several mountain daisies. The area is rich in Maori and European history. You can find native flora typical for the windy, mountainous region, and observe a variety of birdlife. The Old Man Range is a sub-alpine island for lizards and invertebrates.

We negotiate the old gold mining tracks and trails traversing the Old Man and Old Woman Ranges which run from north-west to south- east, creating a rain shadow that blocks and absorbs southerly fronts, making Central Otago New Zealand’s driest area. Attaining the height of 1740m we start travelling through the Kopuwai Conservation area, with stunning Central Otago vistas on our right, and the Nevis Valley and Hector Mountains on our left.

We come out at Duffers Saddle on the Nevis Road and proceed down through to the old gold mining township of Bannockburn, where a cool drink awaits in the old local pub.

Highlights of the day include:

  • Full day ex Queenstown adventure
  • Extremely remote location
  • Wonderful off road driving tracks
  • Commanding views over Central Otago
  • Visit Historic Clyde and Clyde dam
  • Explore the wild and remote Kopuwai Conservation area
  • Explore the rock tors on Duffers Saddle
  • Amazing views down to Lake Dunstan, Cromwell and the Pisa Range
  • A photographers dream!
  • and much more..

 

Full day tours depart 7:30 am, or as arranged.

Pickups at local accommodation by arrangement. These prices are for private vehicle charter. You will not be with other people or groups.

This full day expedition provides a wonderful opportunity to explore some of Central Otago’s best kept secrets, namely: The Kopuwai Conservation area, including the Old Man and Old Woman Ranges.

  • Private groups (2 - 4 passengers per vehicle)
  • Total flexibility with tour
  • Photographers paradise
  • 3 - 5 hours of actual off road driving
  • Discrete
  • Full commentary and interpretation
  • Authentic New Zealand high country experience 
  • Pickup time and location by arrangement
  • Delicious morning tea and lunch provided