Welcome to Accessible Walks
Three months spent backpacking around Italy and Europe in a wheelchair – called Porsha, gave Anna a love for going on road trips! As a disabled person, Anna is very aware of the challenges of getting out and being able to participate in the community. She firmly believes it is good for the soul top have adventure and fun – not just reading other people’s postcards!
Anna is the Community Development Co-ordinator for CCS Disability Action in Queenstown and is actively involved in improving access for disabled people in the Wakatipu region.
She has extensive experience delivering workshops and working in the disability sector, including co-presenting the national “Living the Good Life” workshops (working with families and disabled people to develop positive goals for the future). She is a board member of Workbridge – an organisation that supports disabled people find employment.
Anna has a MBS Degree in Communications and has worked in various communications/public relations roles.
Anna lives in Queenstown with her husband Bruce and 5 year old son Kyle.
About three weeks ago on my continuous hunt for a good coffee I visited Kinross Cottages - about 20 minutes from Queenstown in the Gibston Valley. I was also thinking that this might be a good spot to link into the Queenstown Bike Trail. However, when we spoke to the manager he said it was a bit of a walk to get to the trail and on this day we were pressed for time so we took up his suggestion for a walk to to visit the old ruins. On their website it talks about the history of this site. It says:
Visiting the glaciers is an amazing experience. However if you can't rock hop it's very tricky to get a good view. We were at Fox Glacier at Easter and discovered this very nice short Glacier View walk where you truly get an awesome view and a very large bolder to sit on to admire the view! Heading South from Fox you drive over the bridge and go all the up the Glacier View Road (large camper vans are not allowed on this narrow road). There's plenty of parking and even a picnic table and standard DOC long-drop loo. It was a good well formed track with no major obstacles. Very pleasant even in the rain!
It was a chilly but very sunny Sunday afternoon when we went out to do a short walk. Armed with ginger nuts we headed to the Arrow Junction near Arrowtown, and turned downWhitechapel Road. A short distance down the road you can join the Queenstown Trail. We parked in gavel carpark and joined the trail. Just around the corner was the most spectacular suspension bridge over the Arrow River - I'm not sure Kyle enjoyed the motion as much as we did! The gradient off the bridge was short but steep. We followed the trail to the point where it meets the back road to Arrowtown and then walked back. The return walk would have been no more than 1.5 km. The track surface was hard packed gravel and the track was about 2 metres wide. You can continue on this track. . . More later
6th June 2013
I think I must have been slightly crazy but the lure of a hot coffee in Arrowtown persuaded me to do some of the Arrowtown Anniversary Walk with a friend. It was quite surreal walking through the frost covered trees by the river (and jolly cold!). We started by the car park, below the shops and walked to the first bridge. It took us 25 minutes return and probably would have been about 2 km in total. The track has recently been upgraded to be part of the Queenstown Trail. The surface was packed gravel and the track would have been about 2 metres wide – so plenty of room if you meet a cyclist or two and a dog! We didn’t meet anyone but that could have something to do with the fact it was barely above freezing point! The coffee at Bonjour was excellent and restored my temperature to blood level!
Went for a sunny walk…9th June 2013
There is a historical bridge over the Shotover River that has been restored and has spectacular views of the river. Access is from State Highway 6 turning onto Tucker Beach Road and then left into the parking area. You can also access the bridge from the other side, which we did as it was the sunnier spot! From this end you turn off at Lower Shotover Road and turn left again. You drive past the original inn for travelers that has been restored and now a Bed and Breakfast. We really just went to the bridge to give Kyle a ride on his bike, as it is flat with easy access. He had a wonderful time! I’ll go back another time and see far I can get in the wheelchair as the bridge is part of the Queenstown Trail.