Auck­land 4WD Club

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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.

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