Four-wheel-drive jour­ney prom­ises fun and views

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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