Kiwi van drivers conquer Cook Strait > New Zealand

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September 2009

Kiwi van conquer Cook Strait

08 Sep

Two plucky young New Zealanders driven their way into the books after crossing Strait – the passage the North and South Islands in a rather unlikely amphibian

Aeronautic machinists Adam and Dan Melling, both 23, took under 10 hours to navigate the notorious stretch of water in a Toyota Town Ace van nicknamed

Having set off under cover of from the head of the South and fuelled themselves en route pies heated on the exhaust Turnbull and Melling landed Wellington, in the North Island, to a welcome.

Famous quote

We knocked the off, a gleeful Turnbull to the crowd as they drove the van out of the – echoing the famous of New Zealand#8217;s most celebrated Sir Edmund Hillary when he Mount Everest.

We made it and we sink, and we didn#8217;t get eaten by Turnbull said.

Ridiculed by when they announced plan last month, the pair has been praised for Kiwi ingenuity and spirit Sunday#8217;s successful crossing.

Early departure

The van#8217;s voyage began at Waikawa Bay at 6am. It was still dark as the Toyota van rolled into the of the Marlborough Sounds with playing on the sound system.

half an hour of casting Melling and Turnbull were breakfast in Charlotte Sound, the calm was broken at 6.45am as a InterIslander ferry ploughed

With their pies and the make-shift toilet out of one of the van’s functioning, the 65km journey to the Island was looking plausible.

I don’t know what been going on about, said. It’s nice and and dry.

Engine trouble

At things were looking a less positive when the suddenly cut out. But the problem was when a loose battery was discovered and repaired.

#8217;Roofliss#8217; the shelter of the Marlborough Sounds to Cook Strait at about

The pair decided to navigate the northern side of Mana on their approach to Wellington to choppy conditions to the south. waves pushed over the bow and the broached at times, conditions the journey were good.

As Melling and Turnbull passed The islands, a small pod of dolphins them escorting the van out into the of Cook Strait.

They haven’t seen mag wheels Melling joked.


About halfway across Strait, #8217;Roofliss#8217; struck mechanical problem when the boat, which had been a fishing lure from its narrowly missed tangling in the propeller and latched on to the polystyrene

Hanging from the van’s Melling managed to sever the

As the North Island drew support boat skipper Dillon said he couldn’t what he had witnessed.

I just love it. I can’t how Roofliss has handled. It is actually less than this is. I think it shows real ingenuity and spirit at its best, Dillon.

Mana Marina

At 3.45pm, the amphibious vessel Mana Marina – nine hours and 45 minutes leaving Waikawa Bay.

We are pretty stoked. It has got to be up there. pretty high in New Zealand Melling said.

We had life but we didn’t need them it was such a seaworthy craft, Turnbull.

And the two had a message for the youth of today: Get off the and go and turn something into stupid.

#8217;Roofliss#8216; is now up for sale on New TradeMe website. The trusty van be sold to the highest bidder so its can recoup some of the funds in the project.

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