Queenstown has to be seen to be believed. There is a real energy about the place that makes it really hard to leave. We were staying in a great hotel and everyone was receiving some much needed treatment in the spa. A few of us even dived into the ice cold Lake Wakitipu to sooth our aching muscles. It turned out to be more of a painful experience than a refreshing dip.
The views from the gondola that takes you up to the Skyline restaurant of the Remarkables and the lake is breathtaking. It’s the extreme capital of the southern hemisphere so I felt completely at home. The last time I was here I did my first bungee and on this occasion I had hoped to try my hand at paragliding, but it was too windy, so I’ll have to wait ’til the next time! Instead, I had to settle for going on a ridiculously high-speed jet boat through canyons. That was a great laugh.
It was such a relief not to be waking up at first light to be briefed for another torturous day of peddling up hills. Most of the crew had at least one Fergburger and a bungee during the two full days spent there and I think we made an appearance in every single pub in the town.
We met up with Irish Rugby legend, Mick Galwey and found out that he would be cycling with us the rest of the way to Dunedin. It was nice to have another Munster man on board but I’m not sure he really knew what he was letting himself in for. We were all delighted to have him on board. Everyone had a smile on their face in Queenstown.