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march-fixer: Track 2175 in area near New Zealand, Otago ()
Length: 3.5km, Creator time taken: 57m10s, Ascent: 251m, Descent: 90m
Places:Start at Lon 168.66, Lat -45.0302, end at Lon 168.648, Lat -45.0256 1.1km NW from Start Logged as completed by 1
Queenstown is the Mecca for those who want to push their limits! You can do just about anything scary here. We had free tickets for the gondola and chair lifts and as well as the Luge runs.
Used the lodge shuttle to head into town from Shotover Lodge down Arthur's Point Road. Crossed the scary bridge over Shotover Gorge and on down the Gorge Road, swinging right onto Robins Road. At the stop on Memorial Street corner we back-tracked and headed south west on Isle Street and then north west to the end of Brecon Street.
Caught the gondola to the top of the lift. The gondolas have special racks to carry mountain-bikes to the top of the hill and there were loads of bikers heading up there! At the top of the gondola lift we had a good look around the fantastic viewing platforms. There are stunning views way out over the lake to the mountain ridges to the east and south. Collected our Luge tickets and used the chair-lift to climb to the top of the Luge run. Did a test run down the 'scenic' route before doing two fast runs down the advanced route. Hair-raising stuff when you are hurtling down over jumps and bends while your rear-end is skimming just 2cm off the cement! Managed not to take a tumble.
We both went back to the top of the Luge run and followed the walking track up onto the brow of the hill just above the water reservoir. (The power must have gone on my Satmap as the route was not logged). It was from up here that the para-gliders took off and cruised the thermals above the town. Even without the thermal uplift they could spend about 30 minutes gliding back and forth before landing down in Warren Park.
There are fantastic mountain bike trails all around here. All grades are catered for, and having watched some guys at one or two of the highest grade tracks I can well understand why they were wearing full body armour, goggles and full helmets. Kamikaze mountain-biking is the only way to describe it!
Walked back down to town. This area is thrilling. There is a real buzz about the place all the time.
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