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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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Adventures, Fishing, Marlborough -

Over the Christmas holidays, we went camping with the Jimny. I spent a few days fishing and exploring the furthest reaches of the Sounds. Hunting for fishing spots was easy with the Jimny, there is never any need to carry gear down to the beach, I just drive down there and park on the beach!  We explored right up to Bulwer, which is 77km of winding, most shingle roads from Rai Valley. I've never known 77kms to be such a long trip, it's about a 3 hour journey. Bulwer is the home to just one (super friendly) family, but is...

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Adventures, CR4WD, West Coast -

Labour Weekend this year was made up of mud, forest and exploring, on the mighty West Coast. The Canterbury Recreational 4WD Club had organised a weekend of exploring the backcountry of the West Coast, which we didn't want to miss out on! On Friday afternoon we finished work a bit early, hooked the Jimny on to the back of our motorhome and headed west, for Reefton and Greymouth.  This was the first to of the Jimny on the A-Frame, and it towed surprisingly well! If I didn't check the mirrors I wouldn't even know it was on there. On the...

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Adventures, Canterbury, CR4WD -

The point of getting a Jimny was to explore and see more of our fine country. What better way to do that, than by joining a local 4x4 club. By being part of a 4x4 club, we go on trips with other 4x4 fans. Many are new to offroading, and the rest are seasoned pros. Joining these guys on a few trips offers so many benefits; We get to see these amazing hidden away places that we wouldn't otherwise see, there are trucks that can tow us when we get stuck and when we forget to bring coffee, someone will have...

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