Cozzie 4×4 are welcoming new members

Cozzie Four Wheelers Club have setup a new facebook page. Anyone seeking information on the Waikato based club can find details of what we do and who we are here. They can be contacted here: https://www.facebook.com/cozzie4wheelers/ Club Values Statement Cozzie Four Wheelers is a NZFWDA affiliated club and we require our members to Tread Lightly and obey all land access regulations. We are community spirited and work hard to develop and maintain great relationships with other community groups, landowners and Government departments. We understand the environmental implications of our sport…

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South Island dreaming

For a good few years now, I have wanted to drive the Molesworth Station and Rainbow Station Roads and my partner, Paula, has wanted to hike some tracks in the Wanaka area… So, we finally started planning a two week trip south to the mainland. After a whole lot of planning, the time came to pack the Nissan Patrol and get on the road. We left Taupo, stayed one night in Wellington and had the 8:00am ferry accompanied by a pod of dolphins on the way out of Wellington Harbour.…

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Kauri Dieback update

In light of Maratoto being closed down (as per NZ4WDA newsletter and notice), NZ4Wheeling swapped some correspondence to update our previous Kauri Dieback disease article posted in early 2017. NZ4wda have informed the 4×4 community that  All off road tracks in the Maratoto area are now CLOSED to ALL vehicles. This includes the Whangamata (Wires) Track, Loop Road, Waipaheke and all tracks off these tracks. This closure is by order of the Department of Conservation and is due to Kauri Die Back. DOCs spokeperson states that New Zealand’s kauri remain…

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MD Dirt Drags 2017

Located just outside of Te Awamutu in Parawera, the New Zealand Dirt Drag Championships of 2017 was run yesterday. Known as the MD Dirt Drags it featured weapons and daily drivers from all codes, there were 4 motorcycle classes run, including a PitBike/Mini/Junior class as well as separate classes for 2WD and 4WD’s and a special class for Buggy/Quad/Go-Kart class. This event was certainly setup for spectators of all modes and codes with a bit of burning rubber entertainment from the Skid pan. Up for grabs was prize money, trophies…

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Winter Woolies 2017 for 4×4’s is canceled

Winter Woolies 2017 for 4×4’s is canceled, but will aim reconvene next year. Winter Woolies is one of the north islands premier events on the 4×4 over-landing calendar. This event has run and raised money for charities for many numbers of years now and is known for spectacular beauty and access onto Waiuru military land normally restricted to the public. The event however is mainly known for being well run and a family fun affair for all participants from Shiney’s through to bush trucks. Sadly the events organizer Craig Mott for…

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Muriwai Beach Clean-Up­­­­

As a combined effort between Auckland 4wd Club and the Land Rover Owners Club, this year’s Muriwai beach clean-up was wet and wild. Held on Sunday 1st October, the weather was pretty miserable at the start of the day. The volunteers, who ranged from all different clubs and groups, gathered in the car park, awaiting briefing. Many were clutching coffee cups, trying to keep warm in the biting wind. After the briefing, the trucks rolled out, with those towing trailers heading far up the beach to begin with. As we…

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Possible towball risk with new product if used incorrectly

The NZFwda  was recently asked by a member about a new product called a Tow-lock and its possible use offroad for recovery. “The NZFWDA has stated that it does not approve or endorse this product for 4×4 use. On the product website, it promotes its features as: Will not jump off when tow lock goes slack, or when towing over bumpy ground Complies with lawful and safe towline connection requirements Easy to fit and to remove by hand. No tools are needed Locks the TOWLOCK™ device in place Simply hook…

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Port Waikato residents concerned about 4wd Activity

Most Port residents will be aware of the recent increase in Off-Road and 4WD activity on the sand dunes. As a result of this a number of residents have raised their concerns with Police about the unacceptable behaviour of some when using vehicles on the sand dunes. Historically the problem used to be a lot worse with a lot of ‘out of towners’ arriving with their motor bikes and 4WD’s using it as a motor cross track/off road track. Approximately four years ago saw the placement of the highly visible…

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Port Waikato – Further restricted access

Due to a recent rise in activity down at Port Waitkato which has the locals up in arms, the Port Waikato dunes is currently being assessed for a locals only permit onto the main access roads to the beach. Permits are meant to be given to those that can prove that they are local residents. This comes in the wake of a rise in 4wds accessing the beach and dunes and the last straw effectively being several trucks being left stranded then 1 being vandalized with rubbish strewn over the…

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