The great Shotover River shiver

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Local photographer Niels Koervers’ wide-angle lens captures the dramatic impact of Queenstown’s big freeze on the Shotover River. 

The photo was taken on Monday opposite jetboat company Shotover Jet’s put-in point, and shows the Oxenbridge Tunnel in the background. 

“It was pretty treacherous, very slippery but just beautiful,” Dutch-born Koervers says. 

Large chunks of floating ice kept Shotover Jet off the water for a near-record nine-and-a-half days Shotover Jet boss Clark Scott says operations resumed on Monday afternoon, but early morning trips were still being affected mid-week.