Wel­come to Club Cor­ner, an oc­ca­sional col­umn in which we pro­file clubs for NZ 4WD en­thu­si­asts. If you don’t al­ready be­long to one, Club Cor­ner may help you de­cide it’s about time you did!


Auck­land Four Wheel Drive Club was formed in 1969 by a bunch of en­thu­si­asts as the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive So­ci­ety, but in 1974 ceded the New Zealand name to the newly formed na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion the NZFWDA and adopted the present club name.

Since in­cep­tion, the club has fo­cused on be­ing a fam­ily club with a good cross sec­tion of 4WD ac­tiv­i­ties. Presently only a small number of the 98 mem­bers are in­volved in competitive ac­tiv­i­ties such as winch chal­lenges, while a core group are in­volved in tough truck trips to 4WD prop­er­ties that we have ac­cess to. The re­main­der drive very ca­pa­ble road- based ve­hi­cles, and par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous events lo­cally and around the coun­try.

Con­trary to the per­cep­tion about large city clubs, the club has over the years man­aged to main­tain the cul­ture that the orig­i­nal mem­bers in­tended, by be­ing a very friendly club. Mem­bers in­clude peo­ple of all ages, some who have com­pleted over­land sa­faris from Asia to Europe, South Africa to Europe and West to East across and around Aus­tralia and I’m sure other places we haven’t heard about yet so there are in­ter­est­ing and ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple to talk to dur­ing trips and on club nights.

The club helps the lo­cal com­mu­nity by par­tic­i­pat­ing in events such as an­nual beach clean- ups and tree plant­ing. A very pop­u­lar fundrais­ing event, for the North­ern and West­pac res­cue he­li­copters, is an event at Waiuku For­est where mem­bers of the pub­lic can join us on a su­per­vised day around the for­est try­ing out their off road skills.

Lo­cal and pop­u­lar club events in­clude the western beaches, Waiuku For­est, Po­laris 4WD Park, the Coro­man­del and Kaimai ar­eas and week­end trips to places like Pouto Point at the north head of the Kaipara Har­bour and far north to Ninety Mile Beach, Ahipara and lo­cal off road ar­eas.

Un­like our cousins in the south, we don’t have the fan­tas­tic alpine land­scapes, where ac­cess is not too dif­fi­cult, so small groups of Auck­land mem­bers are of­ten seen to be head­ing south, mainly over the sum­mer months.

Club nights, once a month, are at the Auck­land Vin­tage Car Club rooms where we now man­age to have guests and club mem­bers speak about trucks, tracks, trips and the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

Next year is our 50th an­niver­sary and wel­come con­tact with any past mem­bers that may like to join our cel­e­bra­tions. ( an­niver­sary@ auck­land 4wd. org. nz)

Club ac­tiv­i­ties range from taga­long trips…

….to hard-core mud-plug­ging.

Orig­i­nal club logo.

NZ4WD As­soc logo.

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