I have only just had time to digest all of the amazing experiences that I shared with this fantastic tour group and the friendships made with my fellow riders! I booked the 11 day tour of the South Island with the hopes of fulfilling a 20+ year dream to explore New Zealand. While the landscape and diversity of this relatively small island is incredibly diverse (in one day you ride through rainforests, along the ocean's coast, through drier inland flora and into the alpine vistas), Paradise Tours created a delicious menu of tastes of several regions. We explored natural thermal springs, blowholes, Franz Joseph Glacier, the "adventure capital of the world" aka Queenstown, beautiful Lake Te Anau and the Glow Worm Caves amongst stunning Fiord lands, the soulful beauty of a cruise through Milford Sound surrounded by a myriad of waterfalls, the bustling Scottish influenced university city of Dunedin and all of its history and finally past Mt. Cook to the magically solitude and beauty of Lake Tekapo. Each day offered a breathtaking 3-6 hour ride to the given destination with comfortable accommodations (even on the "budget" package) and quality dining. Having never ridden a BMW cruiser, I grew accustomed to its comforts (though I wouldn't trade a Beemer for my Harley :) ) and the bikes were up kept aesthetically and mechanically.
However....and as if all of that weren't enough....the beauty of the South Island was only paralleled by the experiences with our group. Mike, Terry and Alise were our fearless leaders with great humor and gentle & patient hearts! Additionally, I was somehow extremely blessed to get on board with an amazing group of riders and friends. We shared so much laughter and genuine camaraderie throughout the tour than only grew with each day! I wanted to put them all in my pocket & take them with me for the duration of my holiday....consequently, I did take one ;).....to continue building memories that I will truly never forget!
Oh, how do you conclude a tour that you can't compare or describe in words? You don't. You carry it in your heart and memories and cherish it forever!
Thank you Paradise Tours and all my travel mates...until we meet again!
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1 week ago
We're so pleased you had such a wonderful time - the tour was full of a great group of people and certainly was unforgettable - we never seemed to stop laughing! Hope you'll come back one day and do it all over again!
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