Thanks to an awful lot of hard slog and commitment by Arrowtown resident John Mowat, various other committed locals, and the generosity of many trusts and local businesses, walkers and cyclists can now travel to and from Macetown and keep their feet dry.
This project started years ago with the first bridge over the Arrow River – now known as the Norman Smith bridge. Bridges at Soho Creek and Mt Soho Homestead followed and now we are working on putting the final bridge in place at Coronet Creek. The discovery of sections of an old miners highwater trail inspired John Mowat to restore the trail which runs up the true right side of the Arrow River at the Macetown end.
Length: About 25kms
Fitness level: Reasonable fitness
Special gear: If cycling, take spares, pump etc
Time required to complete the circuit: Walking 6-8 hrs return, cycling 3-4 hrs return
Weather considerations: If you choose to go during winter, make sure you have warm clothes, allow for extra time and leave in good time to return in daylight. Walking poles will also be useful as the track is frequently icy and/or under snow for some months.
Starting Point: At the Chinese Village, go across the small footbridge and turn right to follow the pipeline track. Be aware that some sections of the track are on backcountry road.
Maps: Pick one up at the Museum.
Leave only footprints and take only photos.