Friday, 29 April 2011

Distance from Queenstown to Skippers Point

We increasingly get asked about the travel distance from Queenstown to Skippers Point. On average, one way into Skippers covers only about 33km.

Skippers Point can only be reached by travelling on Skippers Road through Skippers Canyon. It is true that Skippers Road is a public road and the speed limit on this road is the same as on all other New Zealand public roads.

Skippers Road is a mountain road. It is unsealed and just as wide as it needs to be for 1 single vehicle. Passing maneuvers can only be performed at specific bays along the way.

It is certainly true that travelling on Skippers Road is a real adventure and it is fun. If I where to caution you to travel on your own, I would say the following:
  • only travel on Skippers Road with a 4WD vehicle. This road is unsealed and you want to make sure that you don't slide.
  • Make sure you don't take your Rental Car into the canyon. You will not be insured if you were to have an accident or create any other damage to the vehicle.
  • Don't take your Camper Van into Skippers Canyon - for the 2 very reasons I listed above.
  • Make sure you travel with at least 1 other vehicle - a 4WD vehicle. Just in case you get stuck (let's say you travel in Autumn and you go off-road), you will be glad that someone else is there to tear you out of the ruts.
  • Know the rules on this road: give way to uphill traffic. BUT: use a little common sense when encountering another vehicle. If a passing bay is let's say about 3 meters behind you but you are travelling uphill, be smart and don't insist on having right-away - just reverse those 3 meters to let the other vehicle pass.
  • Most of all, adjust your speed. It is true, Skippers Road is a public road and in theory you would be allowed to travel at 80 kph - but this is not advisable - believe me...
We travel on Skippers Road more or less every day - 365 days a year. We know the road; we love the road and the adventure it creates for our customers. It is true that we charge our customers to join our Queenstown tours but they love this different kind of adventure and they feel safe; they can enjoy the views, take pictures, indulge in the picnic we prepare and simply treasure those couple of hours during which they were taken care of - a true holiday experience.

Travel time and travel speed on Skippers Road
Traffic on this mountain road

See you soon in Skippers Canyon!

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