Auckland 4WD Club
The Auckland 4WD Club was formed in 1969 by a group of enthusiasts, some of who are still members of the club today.
The club is family oriented, catering for trips to areas not easily reached other than by 4WD vehicles, all in the name of enjoying the best New Zealand has to offer and the capabilities of the vehicles.
The club caters to different levels of driving skills, from novices through to more challenging tracks for the more experienced, and even up to competition level. There are also members who compete in the NZ National 4x4 Trials series and the International Warn Winch Challenge event. The club runs day and weekend trips, night trials, charity runs, clean-up days in conjunction with the regional council, a yearly snow trip, and more. The club is also engaged in environmental preservation and supports the Tread Lightly programme.
There are at least one or two club trips per month, varying from scenic touring day trips to camp-out weekends and extended holiday trips further afield. Designated leaders are responsible for running each trip and ensuring that it is conducted in a safe manner. All vehicles are equipped with emergency safety kits for the unlikely event of an accident.
A monthly club magazine keeps all members informed on upcoming trips and any other important events, and members are encouraged to write about their experiences on these or any other trips they may have participated in.
In addition, the club runs monthly meetings for all members, and any visitors who may wish to attend, on the third Monday of each month at the Auckland Veteran and Vintage Car Club clubrooms. Stories of past runs are told, videos of previous months’ trips are shown, and information on forthcoming trips is provided. Over a cup of tea after the business side of the proceedings, informal sharing on vehicles, tracks and events occurs, which is often the most valuable part of the meeting.