Gnarley is his name, and he certainly lived up to it yesterday, “surfing” a vehicle down Golden Bay’s Takaka Hill.
The parents of the adventurous Takaka Hill toddler turned stowaway are relieved to have him back safe and sound.
Two-year-old Gnarley Maguire hitched a ride in his grandfather’s trailer for 20 kilometres, from the hill’s summit to Motueka.
A truck driver spotted him in the trailer with a 1.2-metre-high cage, winding its way down the steep Takaka Hill road, and followed him to Motueka.
He asked Gnarley’s grandfather, who had stopped at the town’s Placemakers store, if he knew he had a child in his trailer.
Lucky to be alive
With a first name like that he is extremely lucky to be alive. Silly First name Syndrome claims hundreds of lives.