Scenic Shotover River, Queenstown

Good Friday found us heading to Queenstown as Nigel in his work as Landscape Architect had an appointment there. I spent time wandering around re-acquainting myself with the Lower Shotover River area, famed for its scenic beauty especially in autumn. The colours are only just starting.


I found myself under the modern Shotover River bridge, the third and latest bridge on this stretch of the river. I liked the interplay of light, lines, shapes and patterns.

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Further along the path I took the following photo, a view over the bridge with Cecil and Walter Peaks in the distance. Both of these peaks are on the other side of Lake Wakatipu and they are very steep and rugged mountains.

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This is a more encompassing view that also looks south toward Kingston. Kingston is a village at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu.

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Looking directly across the Lower Shotover River, taken as I walked further upstream.

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Walking upstream I was approaching the Old Lower Shotover Bridge, no longer used for vehicles but now used as a pedestrian and cyclist bridge. I found more autumn colour there and will share both bridge and colour in a future post or two.


Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)

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    1. No, we were going to head back home to Gore but a spur of the moment thing happened, and we ended up staying in Clyde for the night. Will post about our Clyde visit soon. Very enjoyable. I like Arrowtown but that’ll keep for another visit, better once the autumn colours are more developed!

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