(Old title – Extreme Tramping)
Queenstown is the extreme sports capitol of New Zealand with every crazy sport from bungee jumping, skydiving, pendulum swinging, speed boating, and so on. I call these type of tourist attractions cheap or fake, not because they are either but it’s these types of attractions you usually find in a city that has nothing to offer.
Queenstown on the other hand is nestled between a ski mountain and a beautiful lake that has tons of natural attractions to offer. In the summer months it’s transformed into a bike mecca with downhill mountain biking, off season pro road bike training, cross country cycling, and a BMX jump park.
We arrived just in time to catch the Red Bull Roast It, a BMX jump track competition. I love bikes and I love jumping, but compared to these guys I am wearing training wheels and falling off curbs. It was EXTREME ;).
Now onto the Tramping. No we weren’t working the streets or hitching rides cross country, the only definitions of tramping I know. Tramping in New Zealand simply means hiking or trekking and we were looking for something unique and off the tourist track. Luckily we got our answer after sending out a message on our facebook page on what to see in New Zealand. Mom came to the rescue knowing we enjoy waterfalls and found the most spectacular waterfalls picture we had ever seen.
The problem was other than a $700 per person helicopter flight no one knew how to get to it. Sure the DOC had it published as the Earnslaw Burn Track, but talking to every park ranger we could find no one had actually done it. Also our internet searches of trying to find people who had completed the hike only turned up with results of those who had attempted it but turned back after they lost the trail multiple times.
It was perfect! A 4-6 hour one way hike (8-12 hour round trip) that few had completed was the perfect type of memorable trip that would top our New Zealand visit.