Pau­ata­hanui tracks again beckon 4x4s

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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-ro­ 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.

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