Posted by: paulgilders | November 28, 2012

Wanaka to Queenstown

From Wanaka, we decided to follow the scenic route to Queenstown. The Crown Range Road is the highest sealed road in New Zealand (1076m), but the guys in the local bike shop said it “wasn’t that bad”. We believed them.

After about an hour and a half of slow climbing, we reached Cardrona and had lunch outside the beautifully kept old schoolhouse.

On leaving Cardrona, we came across this sign. Should we turn back?

The last part of the climb was really steep – too steep for riding. We pushed our bikes up the last 2km – I don’t have pictures of this embarrassing spectacle.

The view from the pass was impressive. We loaded ourselves with oat bars before donning jackets for a wild and windy descent.

This is looking back up the descent.

The views over the valley were stunning.

The land in the valley is surprisingly green.

We stayed a night at Arrowtown – a pretty town, but very expensive.

The following morning, we completed the rolling journey to Queenstown.

In Queenstown, we decided it was time for a break from camping and as a result, we have a bargain apartment for a few days. We have a good view over the lake.
The T.S.S. Earnslaw steamship is still burning coal – very original, but very smokey. The vessel is surprisingly quick. We hope to take the bikes on the steamship across the lake for our next destination.



  1. Brilliant. You’d be competing with all the Hobbit tourists too wouldn’t you? The filming was done around there was it not? Gees – if those bikes could talk I wonder what they would be saying???

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