Off Road South Island New Zealand.

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The idea of getting a 4x4 was driven by my desire to take the dogs away from the public areas a little. Perhaps we could just go up the river a bit?
There is a great tale to be told about selling my '67 Firebird Convertible and using the cash to buy the 1978 BJ40 . But I think that's for another thread.

First thing we did was join the local 4x4 club . This was the Land Rover Club and several members were a bit miffed at having a jappa in their midst :) especially as it was only 3 yrs old and their trucks were closer to 20yrs. The controversy was still alive 10yrs later , despite more Cruisers, Nissans and Suzuki joining. But I digress .....



The truck came via Japan and Australia , it was fitted with Gleeson diffs (front and rear) , power steer , monsoon shields , bull bars , wide wheels , snorkel , Recaro seats , CB , overhead console , centre console etc.



We were thrown in to the deep end , first trip out .
A days fun up the Ashley river , we go down the Okuku , to the confluence with the Ashley , then down stream to some random exit track . Sound good.

First thing , we have never done a river crossing and the okuku is in flood :Wow1:

Trevor "the submarine" goes for a short walk , looks at the crossing , mutters something unintelligible under his beard , gets back in his truck and dives right into it :snorkel:

PHEW ..... Well if thats how its done ............... "what gear should I be in?"



And so the day progressed :) in fact , so the years with the club progressed . Huge fun ., lots of learning , more fun . I hope you find some of the pics of interest.





 
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On one of the trips up the Mathias River , it snowed and the rivers came up so we had to stay an extra day before it was safe to leave.
Story ... Markus was Swiss , so in the morning after the snow , he ran up the mountain behind us ('cause he could) his tale when he got back ... said with proper swiss accent :) " well we have the good news and the bad news, the good news is , we can see the Rakaia , the bad news is , it has only one crossing :Wow1:"

The Rakaia river is a mile wide up there , that was a LOT of water. So we waited while it went down enough.

First there got the musterers hut :ylsmoke:



Late comers camped in the snow ...



 
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Thompsons Flat







At one point , the flat was going to be sold to a timber company and we all feared that the great Lake Daniels trip would be lost. So a group of us formed the Wilderness Lands Co. and bought the Flat and a new hut has been built at the other end.
 
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More Lake Daniels trip action





Thats ok , I'll just go around here and give you a tow ......... oops ....



Did you see the spring shackle protectors on the new bull bars.
 
#11
Mid winter snow break , trip to Island pass , behind Hanmer Springs.
As usual , the snow was too deep to do the pass , so we played at making an igloo





The snow was really interesting as it had two distinct layers . the first about 8" deep, then it froze , then another 6" or so.
The Gleeson diffs really showed their superior action as I was donut champion. Everyone else just sunk right into it.

This was pretty much full lock , full throttle , low 2nd . :wings: The drive action of the diffs was so good I did not even cut thru the ice mid layer.

 
#12
A dry summer trip . Avoca Valley via Harper River.







We camped under some trees , the ONLY sheltered spot for MILES .



Harper River , feed Lake Coleridge (power station)

 
#13
A quick weekend away to Lake Heron

It can be really bitter up here in the winter , wind goes right thru you.





Then we tootled down Lake stream the the Rakaia where Markus managed to brake the pinion on the diff in his Cruiser. I towed him a long way on a long rope :smiley_drive:

 

1leglance

2007 Expedition Trophy Champion, Overland Certifie
#15
Thompsons Flat
At one point , the flat was going to be sold to a timber company and we all feared that the great Lake Daniels trip would be lost. So a group of us formed the Wilderness Lands Co. and bought the Flat and a new hut has been built at the other end.
That is the spirit I wish more of us in the USA would show. Really great pics and thanks so much for posting all this.