A track to explore in the Queenstown area is the recently developed Lower Kimi Akau Trail, a scenic track that follows a section of the Shotover River. It is a shared-use track for walkers and for cyclists (single track for experienced cyclists only).
The complete Lower Kimi Akau Trail is approximately 10km. It winds its way from near the Arthur’s Point end of Littles Road down to the Old Shotover Bridge. On this occasion, we walked a 7km section of the trail, shown by the solid red line, beginning at Fitzpatrick Road (an alternative access point) . The broken red line leads from the Arthur’s Point end of the trail. The trail is mostly within sight of the Shotover River, dropping down to the river at times. There is an exposed section where it would be advisable to supervise young children.
The original Shotover Brige was built in 1871. It was washed away by flooding in 1878 but rebuilt and opened in a new position in 1915. It was the main route between Queenstown and Arrowtown until 1975. After a period of neglect it was restored in 2004/5 and is now part of the Queenstown Trail, used by pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge is 172 metres long and stands 16 metres above the river.