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Written by Mark Wilson of NZ Hikes... When visiting the upper reaches of the large valleys near New Zealand’s Main Divide, most choose to tackle the challenge on foot. For owners of modified Suzuki Jimnys, the challenge is one for the vehicle. Once again I was back in a loaded Suzuki Jimny heading west, and this time it was a little bit different as we had company. Mr NzJimny is a member of the Canterbury Recreational 4WD Club, and the club had got permission to travel through Erewhon Station to access the Clyde River, and then continue further to the remote...

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Written by Mark Wilson of NZ Hikes... In New Zealand’s mountain covered South Island there is endless potential for adventure. Valley after valley of pristine forest, bush and snow-capped peaks, each with their own unique beauty. I will always be impressed with the rugged places the Suzuki Jimny can go. The little beast has kept my constant need for mountain environments to camp in fore filled. We are very lucky to have so many beautiful remote locations, perfect for the weekend warriors to drive too. On maps a lot of places have marked tracks, but over time we have discovered that...

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Written by Mark Wilson of NZ Hikes... When tackling New Zealand’s rugged mountain terrain in a 4WD it is important to have a quality vehicle. Within a few hours of driving, you can find yourself in some of the most remote places on earth. With only a small amount of off-road driving under my belt I have always assumed to gain access to remote areas you need a big lifted truck with a snorkel. For a ‘small truck’ the Suzuki Jimny will go anywhere any ‘big truck’ can go, and I was about to find out that there aren't many...

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A few months ago I spent a day at the Waipara River, and learned that it's a great river for exploring in a Jimny. Lots of river crossings and very few challenges that could cause any damage.  I put the word out, to get a bunch of local Jimny owners together and have a day at the Waipara River. Tons of fun! Keep an eye on my Facebook Page for more adventures like this, everyone is welcome.     And a massive thanks to my mates Daniel and Norman in their badass Jeep, they came along to help with any...

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Adventures, Canterbury -

Wondering what to do for the weekend, I jumped on Airbnb to find the most remote Airbnb I could, and I found a beauty. Only about 2 hours drive from Christchurch is Mt Lyford, which has 4 tiny Airbnb cottages beside a lake. The internet coverage is bad, there is no power (only solar for lights) and the room is tiny - but there was a woodfired hottub!  The road up to this tiny Airbnb is rough, as in, a 4WD is essential. I don't mean a 4wd Subaru Legacy, I mean something capable of getting up some steep loose gravel....

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