18.5 km one way
Intermediate (Grade 3)
The trail starts at the Kawarau Falls Bridge, cross under the bridge to connect with the Twin Rivers Trail via Robertson Street. Follow the trail alongside the Kawarau Falls Scenic Reserve down to the Kawarau River.
Follow the willow lined banks of the Kawarau River towards the Shotover Delta, here the Shotover River enters the Kawarau River from the north and you will follow the trail and make your way towards the Old Lower Shotover Bridge. Restored to its former glory by the Rotary Club of Queenstown, the view from the bridge up to Coronet Peak is breath-taking – a definite photo moment.
Cross the Old Lower Shotover Bridge and follow the trail down the true left of the Shotover River to Old School Road, you’ll pass underneath the State Highway 6 and continue on hugging the river bank, past the Shotover Country and Lakes Hayes Estate communities. As you continue winding your way along the river, you'll be rewarded with a picture postcard view around every bend as you climb and descend to the sparkling aquamarine Kawarau river bed.
Just before reaching Billie’s Bridge which crosses Hayes Creek, there's a picturesque picnic spot. Sit back, relax and drink in the splendour of this serene location.
At the top of Thompson’s hill - the longest and last hill on this ride, stop and admire the view across the Kawarau River up to the Remarkables Mountain range and Rastus Burn. Enjoy the easy descent through tranquil pastoral land surrounded by three mountain ranges. The Twin Rivers Trail ends at Morven Ferry Road.
At Morven Ferry Road you can pick up the Arrow River Bridges Trail and carry on to Arrowtown or head to Gibbston for a spot of lunch and wine tasting at one of the many wineries.
If you need to arrange bike transport back to your home base talk to one our Official Partners in the Trail Directory.
Dual valve air pumps have been installed at the Old Lower Shotover Bridge.