My husband and I have just returned home after doing the Revolution Tours 4 day trip with 10 friends (all of us over 60) . Some had done a bit of cycling, some like myself had just borrowed a bike the week before for a practise pedal around the block before heading to Queenstown.
Matt picked us up from the hotel and took us into the park where Kate had sized the bikes according to our heights. They gave us safety instructions and an outline of what to expect and then we jumped on the Earnslaw for a wonderful trip across the lake to Walter Peak Station where scones and jam and coffee were provided. Yum! Then it was onto the bikes and off. We were blessed with great weather and the scenery is truly the best in the world. Kate and Matt supplied a hearty lunch and snacks along the way and the evening was spent in the lovely house at Kinloch where we were served a most terrific venison casserole followed by chocolate tart. Funnily enough we were a little tired and had an early night. The next days cycle was again fabulous and a bit flatter and we ended our day at the most perfect Paradise Lodge....well it would be perfect wouldn't it? Glorious old homestead with excellent accommodation. We were taken into Glenorchy for great pizza and enjoyed a most convivial night. On our return to the homestead there were deer grazing under the chestnut tree. Perfect end to a perfect day. Day 3 we walked into the Routeburn. 2 hours in and 2 hours out. Spectacular! That evening Chef Glinnie and her very jolly helper came and cooked for us at Paradise. Wild mushroom soup, leek and potato pies, smoked salmon and lamb, had us all groaning with pleasure. Too much wine (can there be such a thing) and into bed ready for Day 4 which to my mind was possibly the best ride or all. It just filled my soul with gladness. There is something down there in the south that is missing up here in Auckland....something intangible.
How would I rate the whole event? Brilliant! Brilliant guides, scenery, food, attention to detail.
What must you take? Proper bike pants!
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