Day 4: Mount Cook to Queenstown

by The Crew on June 14, 2011

We started with a ride out of Mount Cook to to Tasman Valley and visited the Tasman Lake (where the Tasman Glacier melts into).

Leaving Mount Cook

Leaving Mount Cook

The lake is at the end of probably a 10 km ride on gravel road and then a 5 minute walk up some steepish steps/terrain.

Tasman Lake New Zealand

Tasman Lake New Zealand

Then it was back on the bikes and we were heading for Queenstown.

Leaving Tasman Lake

Leaving Tasman Lake

Another magnificent ride out along the valley floor beside Lake Pukaki.  Truly spectacular ride.

It was off to Omarama to fill the tanks up then a lovely ride along deserted country roads to the town of Cromwell, where we had lunch in a great local pub.

The ride had a bit of everything from typical grazing country to vineyards to mountains rising in the distance.

From there is was pretty much just another great ride next to the Kawarau River into Queenstwon.

A ride filled with more spectacular scenery, with rivers, gorges and mountains galore.

Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

We were staying in the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park, a popular spot amongst the RV crowd, with the unit sleeping 5 in comfort for $165 per night.

This fully self-contained unit was terrific – just a short stroll into town (about 100 metres).  Brilliant value for money too.

Dinner was at the iconic Winnie’s Gourmet Pizza Bar – a bar/restaurant where the roof opens (to get rid of the snow I think).

After a few beers it was back to the unit for some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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