A few years ago, I travelled around New Zealand’s South Island with Flying Kiwi – a tour company that encourages cycling, hiking and other adventurous activities. The highlight was three action-packed days where I cycled into Milford Sound, hiked the 33km Routeburn Track, and finished the third day by jumping off the edge of a cliff (which is really not something that comes naturally). The paragliding was way outside my comfort zone, but, after all, I was in the adventure capital of Queenstown. I just had to try something adventurous.
Have you travelled to New Zealand? Did you feel any pressure to go bungy jumping, white water rafting or zorbing just because you were in Queenstown? And if you did, was it outside your comfort zone? I would love to hear your stories, and here’s a recap of mine.
Emerging from Homer Tunnel, en route to Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island, I see snow-covered mountains towering above the bus. A waterfall tumbles from a sheer cliff, and my gaze follows the road, which winds steeply down the valley. It’s a daunting sight. But I disembark, grab my bike, and commence cycling.
The journey into Milford Sound is via one of the world’s most scenic roads. On a bicycle, descending from 945 metres above sea level, it is 18km of pure adrenalin. Rainforest covers the lower slopes of the mountains, rivers flow through the valleys, and there is a succession of waterfalls.