With some stunning farm and bush land avail­able a 4x4 Sa­fari proved the per­fect way for North­land’s Huk­erenui School to raise funds.

NZ4WD - - CONTENTS - Story by Bruce Hayes. Pho­tos col­lected by Bruce and He­len Hayes.

With some stunning farm and bush land avail­able a 4x4 Sa­fari proved the per­fect way for North­land’s Huk­erenui School to raise funds.

The Ta­puhi High- Coun­try 4x4 Sa­fari was a big suc­cess. We had 62 trucks en­ter plus the ve­hi­cles be­long­ing to the mem­bers of the Whangarei Four Wheel Drive Club who ran the day. About 70 trucks in to­tal and ap­prox­i­mately 170 peo­ple. A lot from out of town, in par­tic­u­lar from Auck­land and as far south as Tau­ranga.

We raised $ 3,500 The day started off well with a steady ar­rival of ve­hi­cles from 07: 45. The rain had cleared from the night be­fore and would prove to pro­vide per­fect con­di­tions for the day ahead. We kicked the day off at 09: 00. I wel­comed ev­ery­one and talked about the Huk­erenui School prob­lem-solv­ing team rais­ing funds so they could travel to Amer­ica in June this year to com­pete against other schools from around the world and rep­re­sent New Zealand.

Safety first

We were then given a safety brief­ing by mem­bers of the Whangarei 4WD Club. The sa­fari trav­elled over six farms bor­der­ing one an­other and spread from Ta­puhi Val­ley right up and over Puhipuhi Moun­tain. The farms con­sisted of dairy farm land, ma­ture forestry, ma­ture na­tive forests, beef land and a deer fenced prop­erty. There was a main back­bone track but loads of tracks or loops off that. So the op­tions were huge. Ve­hi­cles were graded in to groups of driver abil­ity, shiny or tough. We had gul­lies and val­leys, ridges and moun­tains with agri­cul­tural land rang­ing from flat ( cater­ing for the Land Rovers!) to rolling and steep. There were also fields of vol­canic rock as well as some bogs and swamps which brought out the mud mag­nets among the 70-odd trucks.

Gi­ant Kauri

Sa­fari-go­ers were taken past two bush cab­ins and had the op­por­tu­nity to see and walk in­side a gi­ant Kauri tree be­cause of its hol­low cen­tre. There were some great views taken in of the Rus­sell State For­est to the north and the Bay of Is­lands be­yond and also in other di­rec­tions were views of the dis­trict and south to­wards Whangarei. Trucks started rolling back in at end of day from about 15: 00. There were no in­ci­dents other than a truck rolling t wo t yres off its rims. The day ended with a sausage siz­zle avail­able and spot prize draw with prizes pro­vided by the fol­low­ing gen­er­ous com­pa­nies: • Stir­ling Sports Whangarei and Kerik­eri. • Mark Cromie Holden. • North­land Toy­ota. • ANZ. • FMG In­sur­ance Whangarei. On be­half of the Huk­erenui School Prob­lem Solvers team I would like to thank all our spon­sors and also the land own­ers who joined me in pro­vid­ing ac­cess; Bruce Henty, Mike Pow­ell, Kes­son Tork­ing­ton, An­drew White­head, Lau­ral Boaz. I’d also like to ex­tend a BIG, BIG thank you to the Whangarei 4WD Club who con­ducted a very safe and or­gan­ised fun day out for all.

Sa­fari fol­lowed taga­long for­mat across six dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties in Ta­puhi Val­ley

Area was cov­ered by ma­ture Kauri for­est un­til razed by fire in the 1880

Event ably safety-man­aged by mem­bers of the Whangarei Four Wheel Drive Club

Time to stop and en­joy the view

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