A Town Fit For The Queen

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Today was supposed to be an easy day. Only 38miles to Queenstown represented a walk in the park. However, as the morning passed and the afternoon arrived we were finding things very tough.  It was another ridiculously beautiful ride but planning on only 38 miles we had let our guard down.

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.  Next time.

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
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triciagick on

Wow, that all looks wonderful - as was the wedding yesterday. Natalie looked stunning and the pair of them looked so happy. Hope to email you some photos today.Tons of love

Jojo on

It has got to be one of the most unspoilt places on this planet - georgeous dosen't do it justice! Don't tell me you went to the cinema on the other side of the world to watch the last 'Lassie' film!
Did the red-necking on the wall of the church yesterday for the wedding - it was all very glamourous and the bride looked stunning - the Groom turned up looking extremely cool flanked by two rather pale and nervous best men! So far have had two reports which both said it was the very best wedding and the speeches were both funny and very moving - will have to get more details later.

Thank you so much for the post card - but it makes me think that perhaps Borneo is the best place for those Proboscis Monkeys - they are not the most beautiful of God's creatures! But as they say in the Goon Show every bodys got to be somewhere!
All love Jojo (CJB has signed himself in as an individual under the name of VOLVOS!)

Jojo on

PS He didn't sign in as VOLVOS - I did it for him!

Alice B on

Missed you guys yesterday, a good time had by all some very special moves on the dance floor you would have been proud. A couple of comedy falls on the very slippy dance floor by auntie Rachael and myself...


,henry, charlie on

were missing you at school
charlie:i got a level 5 in maths
henry:i hope u come and see our leevers assembely

Elizabeth on

I jumped off that bridge - it was AMAZING! Hope you guys are having a fabulous time and we (still!) miss you!

Alison Cunnington on

Sorry haven't commented for a long time but have finally caught up with your travels and WOW you have certainly travelled and seen and done some amazing things. New Zealand is one of my all time places that I would love to visit so I am now extremely envious. GCSE season is now upon us at MRC so life is fairly hectic. Take care and enjoy your incredible adventure xxxxxxxx

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