overland-underwater.com - A charity drive from the UK to New Zealand
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Final Statistics: Alex & Maz Total distance: 93,550km
Furthest Point: Rotorua, NZ Now settled in Sydney, Australia
Final Statistics: Martin Total distance: 79,698km
Furthest Point: Hobart, Australia Now settled in Bristol, UK

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Written by overland-underwater team. Uploaded 27 May 2005.


Two years in the planning, four friends teamed up to organise the ultimate lifetime experience... over a year and a half raising money for CARE International by undertaking a challenging journey of 65,000 km to drive from the United Kingdom to New Zealand.

Our journey started from the UK at the beginning of August 2005 taking in as many amazing sights as possible, driving overland across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia, visiting 27 countries before arriving at our final destination of New Zealand in February 2007. Our aim was not to make it a race and we spent as much time as possible experiencing the many varied cultures, meeting the people and enjoying the true essence of adventure inherent with such an expedition.

Route Map

The group are also enthusiastic scuba divers who dive regularly around the UK, so as well as the excitement of driving a convoy of 4x4's halfway around the world, we visited many of the popular, as well as off the beaten track dive destinations en-route... a pleasant change to the English Channel... so overall quite an overland-underwater adventure!

Team Photo

CARE logo Registered Charity No. 292506As was the rest of the world, we were particularly shocked by the tragic effects of the December 2004 tsunami and as our route took us through many of the affected regions, we were fortunate that we had the opportunity to offer something back to these communities through the money that the expedition raises supporting the work of CARE International. See their web site here: http://www.careinternational.org.uk

Please visit our donations page to help us achieve our �25,000 target. The entire expedition costs were funded by ourselves, with the kind support of a few product sponsors so ALL donations go straight to CARE International. (CARE International are proud to state that 93p in every �1 donated to them goes directly to their work in the field.)

Please explore our website for further details of the expedition and we will keep it updated with photographs and diary entries as we continue our adventurous journey to New Zealand.

Thank you for visiting! Please stop by the donations page and leave a message in our guestbook or contact us!

The overland-underwater team

Alex, Maz, Max and Martin

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Comment from Nannie
Nannie says Hi

05 Jul 2005 @ 13:43:50

Comment from AquilaEagle
Wishing you the best of luck on your day of departure!! Keep us updated!


02 Aug 2005 @ 11:06:54

Comment from DF
Go for it Guys

Have FUN
02 Aug 2005 @ 11:12:28

Comment from guliz
hello Martin and his friends!!i wish u all good luck in turkish,iyi sanslar!!!:)i think u re lucky and crazy boyz..
02 Aug 2005 @ 19:36:22

Comment from The Mother
Well, this is it. It isn't a rehearsal. Make the most of it and have fun. The Father and I wish all of you the best of luck for a ripping adventure. We shall enjoy it vicariouosly!

Lots of love,

P. (The Mother)
04 Aug 2005 @ 08:52:08

Comment from Dave & Elna Caravias
Good luck you guys! It only seemed like a few weeks back when you (Alex, Maz & Max) were here in South Africa diving with the sharks! Have a fantastic time & drive safely!!
04 Aug 2005 @ 10:50:40

Comment from Phatarinee
Good luck for every adventurer. We are waiting for you in Thailand !
22 Sep 2005 @ 05:12:40

Comment from Louise Jackson
Wish you all the luck in the world guys....been reading your updates already....will keep an eye on where you are...stay safe ...lots of love Lou n Steve xxx
17 Oct 2005 @ 12:42:16

Comment from Klaus
Hollo to all of you did you leave Karachi?

are eager to know the route you choose for going to the north

we will be in quetta on the 5. march next year comming from iran and going north

take care
08 Dec 2005 @ 14:20:18

Comment from Roselyne et Bernard
Bonjour a vous trois, nous suivons toujours votre aventure, en esperant que tout va bien. Bravo pour vos videos et photos qui nous font beaucoup rev�s. A bientot. Roselyne et Bernard, les belges du camping d'Epernay.
11 Mar 2006 @ 10:05:18

Comment from matti
hello overland-knights,great trip,good idea!

i've seen one of your cars last week in labuanbajo/flores/indonesia...i was really surprised.first time in 8 years in indonesia that i see an car from the UK.

go on,all the best for you guys!!!
05 Sep 2006 @ 03:46:33