Winter Woolies Wonderland

Winter woolies ran last weekend again, the 2019 edition was once again across 2 days, with about 80 trucks on Saturday and 70 on Sunday. The winter weather on the plateau kept everything interesting and a snowy treat in most places. Participants started out fromo Karior Domain which was used for camping and scruiterneering. There were a lot of participants that hadn’t attended the event before which is a good sign for official 4×4 events such as these. There were quite modern utes and shineys along with the die hard…

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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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NZ4Wheeling with the Cozzie4x4 Club in Pureroa

Join us for another nz4wheeling adventure, this time into Pureroa Forest situated in the center of the North Island of New Zealand. Pureora Forest Park is 53 km southeast of Te Kuiti along Highway 30 via Benneydale. It offers walking, mountain biking, 4x4ing and camping options with a few nearby lodges supplying accommodation alternatives. NZ4wheeling can be contacted via: https://www.facebook.com/Nz4wheeling/ All NZ4wd club contact details can be found here (incl the Cozzie4x4 Club http://www.nzfwda.org.nz/clubs/  

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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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Our version of ‘Go Bush’ with the Manukau 4×4 Club

Club Trip – Our version of ‘Go Bush’ – Saturday 9th Dec Note from the Trip leader was: Due to the winter rains and flooding a year ago, there is new access to the property, so don’t be a smart arse thinking you can catch up if you are late. You won’t. If anyone has a chainsaw, bring it, please. This mention of chainsaws required was foreboding, and if we hadn’t brought them we’d still be in there! We at least brought two chainsaws, two machetes, two spades and one pickaxe…

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2 days at Gum Diggers with the Shore4wheelers

Members of the Shore4wheelers, the 4wd club based on Auckland’s North Shore had a great 2 days of exploration and adventure. The trip was a Grade 3.5 (Shiny with scratches with possibilities of dents) The Shore4wheelers managed to cover the Gum Diggers fire break twice over the long labour weekend break. Saturday round 1 – 0400 Saturday start (long trip up north!)for some from Auckland and first stop Kerikeri Markets! 1100 Made our way to Ahipara for our meeting point. 1200 Hitting Gumfields Gum diggers firebreak track with 6 trucks,…

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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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Pouto #5 “Un-Finished Business”

If you haven’t visited Pouto, it should be on your to do list, we are regular visitors to Pouto and still can’t get enough of it. This trip started off a lot less dramatic than the last one, not having to put out a fire under the hood on the side of the road goes along way to starting off the weekend relaxed. A morning meet-up at the local Subway in Dargaville had everyone check in and drop tyre pressures before setting off for our beach entrance. Dropping tyre pressures…

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Taming the Serpentine

On almost everyone’s to do list is the rough ridge mountains Serpentine 25km track off the Old Dunstan Road. This track leads into a well preserved historical mining area, deep in central Otago. This track is not maintained by the Central Otago District council and is currently in poor condition. The CODC advises extreme caution. You require good 4wd conditions to access this track and it pays to check local information and weather conditions first before attempting it. It features several water crossings and some challenging sections, best to travel…

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