A Town Fit For The Queen
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We started off by passing through Kawarau Gorge. Every day seems to provide a different type of natural beauty. The winding gorge was narrow and up and down but the rushing waters below us and the blue skies above us made things pretty perfect.
Out of the gorge and into another stunning landscape. Now it was The Gibbston Valley, home to numerous vineyards, which made the jaw drop. We were very tempted by the cellar door and Cheeseries on offer but thought better of it with still a few miles to ride
Nearing Queenstown we saw the first example of adrenaline fuelled activity which this town is famed for world wide. The Bungee Jump from the Kawarau Bride was the first jump set up in the world. It looked great, I really wanted to do it but Polly said there was a danger of detaching my retinas and blinding myself for life (I didn't really want to do it anyway to be honest). We hung around long enough to watch a very excitable Chinese chappy take the fall. He really enjoyed it and so did we.
The last 10 miles to Queenstown became 14 which is annoying wherever you are in the world. But the approach to the town was stunning. Another lake with The Remarkables in the background. What a town. We pitched up at possibly the swishest campsite we have been on. Next door were a lovely couple from Sweden who were also cycling in New Zealand. They were very much on a different trip having taken 2 months to ride from Christchurch (it has taken us 1 week!).
We took a stroll around the town from a movie set and enjoyed the evening with the prospect of a couple of days off (I have found an advertisement for a football tournament tomorrow which I can possibly play in, YES! YES! YES!).
PS – We ended up going to the cinema last night. It is rather embarassing to say which film we decided on.. All I can say is that we both very much enjoyed sitting back with some popcorn and watching the movie which was fast, it was furious and it was the 5th one they have made of this particularly deep and complex series.
Miles cycled: 40 and they really dragged on