Four Hawke's Bay friends have completed a motoring marathon "adventure of a lifetime", but it wasn't all plain driving through some of the most uninhabitable spots on earth.

In July, Tom Bostock, Arthur Glazebrook, Rhys Wynne-Lewis and Kurt Livingston started a two-and-a-half month 17,000km journey across deserts, mountain ranges, and wilderness.

They returned home from the trip, known as the Mongol Rally, in late September with a heck of story to tell.

The Mongol Rally is a race across half of Europe and Asia in a car 1000cc or less, or a motorbike 125cc or less.

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