Aussie tractor trekkers on fundraising tour

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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Southland has a reputation for its two-cars-and-a-tractor traffic jams.

And a group of touring Australians are adding to the stereotype as they drive the countryside on a fleet of bright orange tractors.

An intrepid group of Australians on 10 tractors has been touring the South Island in a bid to raise money for the New Zealand Child Cancer Foundation.

Organiser Ron Bywaters said the Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club of Western Australia was on a mission to raise money by collecting along their journey.

The club had been raising funds for charitable organisations since its inception.

With the help of a couple of Kiwis also on the trek, the group was touring the length of the South Island taking in most of the main centres along the way.

With a speed limit of 40kmh, sitting on a tractor was the ideal way to soak up the sights, he said.

The tractors were shipped to Christchurch from Australia at a cost of $8000 to $10,000 each.

The journey began in Christchurch on February 19 and will complete a loop of the South Island, finishing at Methven on March 15. The troop reached Te Anau yesterday and is expected in Invercargill on Friday.

To follow the group's progress and donate to the cause go to childcancerfundraising.org.nz/event/TractorTrek or donate in person when you see the convoy roll into town.

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