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Stretching out for over 23 kilometres and some more to the north of Queenstown, Skippers Canyon is considered a very central scenic location for vacationing around Queenstown. The famous canyon looks over the Shotover River, which is globally renowned for being a rich mining center and a hub for adventure tourism. Standing over the canyon's edge will give you goosebumps, given how steep it could get at some points.
The road area of the canyon is made primarily to make tourist transportation easy and comfortable. The preferable route would be through the Gorge road to the Coronets peak since this route lets you look over the other two scenic sites, Wakatipu Basin and the Shotover River. The trip is best enjoyed by taking a 4WD car or minibus. A varied range of photographic locations, good food and comfortable and luxurious accommodation promises an unforgettable trip to Skippers Canyon.
Skippers Canyon, surrounded over the Shotover River is regarded to be a very rich mine source for gold. The river was named by William Gilbert, one of the first Europeans in origin to settle in the mainland of Queenstown.
Skippers Canyon is also known to have introduced hydroelectricity for gold mining purposes in the year 1882. Twenty years before that, there was a report of having found gold in the spot very unexpectedly by two miners. Soon after, it became a hub for other miners across the world who came to try their luck.
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