Four-wheel-drive journey promises fun and views
Folks are encouraged to grab their sense of adventure and join the Rotary Club of Plimmerton’s 4x4 back country convoy later this month.
The club first organised its four- wheel- drive fundraiser over hills and through forests above Pauatahanui in 2010, gaining access to private roads and tracks normally offlimits to private vehicles. It has become an annual affair.
An-exploring they will go again on Sunday, April 29, but a new route has been plotted. This year it travels as far afield as the hills and tracks of Upper Hutt, Belmont, Tawa and Porirua.
Vehicles are more likely to stay shiny than in past years, says spokesperson Wendy Betteridge, as there are slightly easier tracks. Plimmerton Rotary and the Jeep Club are providing guides.
‘‘ Treat the outing as a Sunday drive with the whole family in a normal on-road 4x4 SUV. The difference will be the surroundings – over hills, farms and through forests,’’ Ms Betteridge says.
Everyone is welcome; they can take their own 4WD or be a passenger in a in a chauffeur-driven vehicle with one of the official organisers.
‘‘It’s a great way to have an exciting day out, while supporting Canteen and Te Aro Piko, the Pathway around the Pauatahanui Inlet ... All around will be 360 views of exceptional beauty, both urban and rural scenery seen from new heights and from very different perspectives,’’ Ms Betteridge says.
A simple lunch will be provided, as will toilet facilities. There will also be entertainment during the lunch break. Just bring a camera and a drink of water for the journey. The trek will start at Belmont Regional Park, at Hebden Crescent by the traffic lights at the bottom of Haywards.
Cost is $120 per vehicle, $60 if you wish to be a passenger is an official vehicle.
Visit 4x4safarirotaryclub . co. nz to register and view pictures from the two previous events.