Pauatahanui tracks again beckon 4x4s
After the muddy success of its OffRoad 4x4 Safari trek earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Plimmerton is already preparing its 2011 expedition.
In February, a procession of offroad enthusiasts will again be given access to land and views in the hills of Pauatahanui usually off-limits to the public, but this time you can opt for extra thrills.
Rotarian Wendy Betteridge said the ‘‘shiny’’ option – for those folk who would prefer not to scratch up their SUVs – would remain but that there would also be a more challenging, ‘‘grunty’’ route for the more adventurous trekkers.
She said feedback from this year’s event had helped shape the upcoming safari, and that it would be bigger, better and more fun.
Join the convoy and you will travel on narrow, cleared tracks, through creeks and streams, and areas with native bush on all sides.
You will pass through logging sites where ‘‘the smell of pine is intoxicating’’, said Ms Betteridge, and even along part of the proposed route for Transmission Gully.
‘‘A simple lunch will be provided at the half-way point, where there are also toilet facilities.
‘‘Activities will be provided to entertain you. All you’ll need for your journey is your camera and a drink of water.’’
Participants can bring their own 4x4 or be a passenger in a vehicle driven by one of the official organisers.
Plimmerton Rotary Club and Wellington Cross-Country Vehicle Club will be the guides.
The event will be on Saturday, February 19.
The proceeds will support charitable projects in the community.
A new website is being established for the 2011 event.
Go to 4x4safari-rotaryclub.co.nz for pictures of this year’s event.
Little-used route: A procession of SUVs snakes its way through the hills of Pauatahanui in Plimmerton Rotary’s off-road safari earlier this year. The club is promising the 2011 experience will be grander and gruntier – for those who want it that way.