Karioitahi: Location Feature

Karioitahi, situated near Waiuku in South Auckland, is a beautiful west coast beach. It is one of two beaches within Auckland that you are legally allowed to drive on, making it a great place to visit. As you come down the road to the beach entrance, you have the option of turning left to go to the Southern access or right to go to the Northern access. The Northern section of the beach consists of lots of small bays, formed by big cliffs that fall to the high tide line.…

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Ahuroa Volunteer Fire Brigade 4WD Safari 2018

  The Ahuroa Volunteer Fire Brigade 4wd Safari was run last weekend hosted by the Ahuroa Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Rodney Off-road Club, and for those of you that missed out, its not surprising. This is a very popular event with limited spaces to limit logistical and health and safety effort. Even with limited spaces there were 77 trucks in total that attended. We attended 5 years ago with fond memories of this run, and it did not disappoint for 2018. This years run was without a tough truck section…

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Amazing Ahipara

Another Nz4wheelers trip: As Queen’s birthday arrived and we officially clicked over into the Winter season, colder southerly winds and frequent showers as expected make getting a group of people together to go overlanding somewhat more challenging. Having done Pouto four/five times already, we were keen do something different and after watching a video from NZ 4WD and the Kaitaia 4×4 club heading through the Gumfields track in Ahipara, it was an easy choice and our destination was chosen. A smaller than usual group of three trucks left Auckland mid-day…

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Offlimits – Enter the zone with Ice Buster and Operation Sterling

For those who have yet to sample restricted military land, Ice Buster and Operation Stirling present unique opportunities to explore some tracks across approximately 165,000 acres of land rarely opened to the public. Ice Buster in July/August allows the adventurers to sample a white winter playground and Operation Stirling is in Spring (early Dec) for the awakening after winter. Registrations open for Ice Buster on the 1st of June, and registrations open for Operation Stirling on Sept 1st. Get in quick as typically entries get filled fast within a month. Each event runs 3…

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Location Feature: Valley Vista Eco Retreat

This weeks location feature is Valley Vista Eco Retreat. This location is a unique concept, born from the minds of Beth Stone and Barry Wallace. They initially set out to build a glamping business from scratch, but have ended up with so much more. Set in picturesque rural Kaiwaka, north of Auckland, Valley Vista provides a wonderful place to get away from all the hustle and bustle. There are a host of different accommodation options, including a bed and breakfast in the restored villa, glamping in a tiny chalet or…

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Location Feature: Waharau Regional Park

Located on the eastern side of the rugged Hunua Ranges, Waharau extends from Hunua down to the coast. The park itself is accessible by standard cars, but is an excellent bbq, outdoors and secluded camping location. Surrounded by bush and farmland, there’s a fantastic reserve with 5-6 bbqs ready for use outside the campground, each with significant spacing around the park, all near a meandering stream that winds its way through the park down to the sea. Enjoy walking and mountain biking with multiple tracks ranging from 1hr -3hrs long,…

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Location Feature: Kaiwi Lakes

Last weekend just 30 minutes north of Dargaville we visited the Kai Iwi lakes. The drive down to the lakes from the main road over looks the crystal clear water, tents, kayaks and boats all using sharing the lakes formed 1.8 million years ago. After a long weekend of off-roading, this was the perfect way to relax in the late afternoon with the adults and kids all jumping in for a swim. While the west coast beaches in the area are amazing, there is just something special about swimming in…

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Location Feature: Bream Bay, Whangarei

Today’s location feature is Bream Bay, Whangarei. Situated alongside Ruakaka,  Bream Bay hosts a selection of white sandy beaches. With restrictions on dune 4x4ing and camping, it has firm and soft sand and a high water mark that allows easy carefree parking on the beach for the family to enjoy a barbeque, some friendly sports, or general sandcastle tom foolery. The waves are small to medium and allow for a decent body board, we did spot some fishermen but have no knowledge about how fruitful the fishing is in the…

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