Ute

NZ | Queenstown - Glenorchy - Mt Cook - Milford Sound | 17th Jan ’15 - 27th Jan ’15 | 3480km

Bread bun half (homemade), ketchup, beef patty, cheese, onions, fried egg, pineapple ring, beetroot, tomato, lettuce, fresh mayo, other half of bread bun. We *think* that was the correct order of the ingredients of a Kiwi burger...

We’d been on the road for over two months and it was time to do some more mundane stuff. Luke has hauled his laptop this far and had the opportunity to earn some pennies. Having made it from the remote West coast into the hustle and bustle of Otago’s adventure playground, we rode through Wanaka, past ski fields, vineyards and into Queenstown. Sat on the side of an alpine lake, encircled by various mountain ranges, it has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Kiwis are quite literal with the naming of their geographic features. 'The Remarkables', lying to the South East really are, well, you get the idea.

We experienced the Kiwi burger having pitched the tent in the garden of a family who’d toured in Canada and Europe - they fully appreciated the appetite that can build after a week on the road and believe, correctly, that the Kiwi burger was the solution. They were happy for us to use their place to work, sew up holes in clothes and wash everything we owned!

Getting our heads down for a few days was rewarded when, just as we were about to move on, we where offered the use of a Ute, through an old Penrith school friend. We shamelessly traded in our bikes and set off feeling like proper locals, after a brief lesson how to put it in 4 wheel drive. ‘Just give it death’, was the parting advice. We took the chance to see some of the things we might have missed on the route we had planned back to Christchurch, and in a totally different way. With the novelty of not feeling totally shattered each night, Luke needed a hobby. Wood whittling it was, a spoon is in progress...

This section of photos may look like a Nissan advert, but you must have been sick of bikes anyway?