Four Wheel Drive Safari Wanaka

A four-wheel drive trip in the Wanaka region is a wonderful way to take in the scenery and discover the history of Central Otago. Ridgeline Adventures offer 4WD Nature safaris, tours through historic working sheep, cattle and deer farms and personlised Photography Tours – ensuring that you capture the true character of the Wanaka and Queenstown region.

A popular 4WD trip is Skippers Canyon, a spectacular gorge through which the Shotover River flows and now famous as a location in The Lord of the Rings.

Skippers Road, a feat of construction forged to provide access for the miners, takes you on a wild journey to 950-odd metres above sea level, with a spectacular view of Mount Aurum, a recreation reserve. Highlights along the way include Pinchers Bluff, Hells Gate and Devils Elbow where the road was cut through sheer rock faces.

Another rewarding 4WD day trip near Wanaka is to the remote Nevis Valley, first used as a trail route by the Maori. Also once a thriving mining area, it still hosts old huts, mine dumps, shafts and a stone buildings left largely untouched. The four wheel drive journey takes in the formidable Carrick Range, 1300 metres above sea level.