Old Lower Shotover Bridge - Queenstown
Cross the bridge to the Ferry Hotel B&B, turn right and down under the bridge to enjoy a walk along the river bed.
Situated 10 kilometres from Queenstown (off highway 6), the Old Lower Shotover Bridge was built in 1871 and offers foot traffic eye-catching 360 panoramic views of the Shotover River.
The original bridge was washed away in 1878 by flooding but rebuilt by the Public Works Department and re-opened in 1915. The bridge is172 metres long and stands16 metres from bridge to the river below.
Foot traffic can enjoy panoramic views of the Shotover River and surrounding mountains including the Remarkables Double Cone Peak (2319m), Cecil Peak (1978m), Coronet Peak (1651m) and Brow Peak (1456m).
The bridge also acts as a viewing platform for the commercial jet boat trips that pass underneath, taking passengers on thrilling sightseeing trips. K-Jet operate from the Marine Parade area in Queenstown and offer one hour jet boat rides along both the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers and under the bridge to give you a different view of this iconic structure.
The shallow waters of the Shotover River feed into the Kawarau River, which draws water from the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu.