Adventurer arrives in Queenstown


A British adventurer chasing another round-the-world record has arrived in Queenstown in a campervan.

Mike Perham, 20, is seeking to become the youngest person to solo-circumnavigate the world by land, sea and air.

At the same time he’s fundraising for international disaster relief charity ShelterBox.

Perham is driving a New Zealand-owned Spaceship campervan through 20 countries.

After travelling through this country he will head to the United States, Canada and Europe before heading back to Britain in November after four-and-a-half months on the road.

In 2006, aged only 14, he became the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic.

Three years later, at 17, he was the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

Perham says journeying around the world raising funds for ShelterBox – which provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies for families affected by disasters – has been humbling.

“I’ve not only got to meet the amazing people who have assisted in the recovery but also the victims who have lost so much after disaster has struck.”

ShelterBox’s NZ-based response team assisted Cantabrians after the disastrous February 22, 2011, quake.

Perham leaves Queenstown for Hokitika on Wednesday.