ADVENTURE

Mazda BT-50 on Motu 4×4 Safari

The Motu School 4×4 Safari is probably the longest running, and one of the more challenging 4×4 adventures available in the North Island, if not NZ. Eschewing the usual “Follow the leader” tag-along format, the Safari is a bi-annual excursion into the East Cape, where small...

Motu School 2021 Safari

IMAGES THANKS TO MYLES NALEY, KEVIN ISEMONGER AND DENA PLUMRIDGE WORDS BY JR At the end of the 2019 Motu School East Cape Safari, school principal Paul Cornwall hinted at a major change in the style of the Safari, in response to changing participant demands, and increasing difficulty in...

The Rotary Club of Te Awamutu 4WD Safari – Ngaroma 2021.

DEDICATED TO THE LIFE, WORK AND LEGACY OF DAVID SAMUEL With a tribute to David Samuel (1951 – 2020) who, since the Safari’s inception back in 2004, led the team, the tradition continues. The opening briefing included a period of reflection for David. Ngaroma 2021 starts with thanks to...

Land Rovers’ New Defender – Right Truck! Right Place!

When you get behind the wheel of something worth just over $125k, you would be expecting something a bit special, well most of us would! We certainly were, after all this is the car that won the Top Gear “Car of the Year” competition, as well as their “Unstoppable Force” 4WD Award, and...

Tunnelling into Taranaki’s Hidden Treasure

It was Kevin Isemonger’s suggestion that started it. I was collecting the new Defender from Landrover to explore the Forgotten World Highway, on the way to the Taranaki Best Pairs Trials, when Kevin, who was there discussing the 2020 Car of the Year, the 1953 series 1 Landrover “Oxford”...

Maniototo, Day 5 – When History gets Personal

I was told to stand in the middle of the Ranfurly Motor Camp and turn through 360degrees. “See all those Peaks and Ranges” said Greg Carroll from the Otago Recreational 4WD Group, “well we are going to get you to the top of all of them by the end of the week!” And they did!!! The third...

OR4Gs Maniototo Muster – Ida Valley

I was told to stand in the middle of the Ranfurly Motor Camp and turn through 360degrees. “See all those Peaks and Ranges,” said Greg Carroll from the Otago Recreational 4WD Group, “well we are going to get you to the top of all of them by the end of the week!” And they did!!! The third...

Lake Ohau and the Hopkins River

It’s a real 2 for the price of one deal. Some of the most stunning camping spots in the country, most of them freedom camping for self-contained vehicles, and then some true South Island off-roading up to the end of Lake Ohau Road, and onto the Hopkins River Track. We’ve had a go at both...

OR4Gs Maniototo Muster – Mount Pisgah

I was told to stand in the middle of the Ranfurly Motor Camp and turn through 360degrees. “See all those Peaks and Ranges,” said Greg Carroll from the Otago Recreational 4WD Group, “well we are going to get you to the top of all of them by the end of the week!” And they did!!! The third...

OR4G’s Maniototo Muster – Rock and Pillar Range

I was told to stand in the middle of the Ranfurly Motor Camp and turn through 360degrees. “See all those Peaks and Ranges,” said Greg Carroll from the Otago Recreational 4WD Group, “well we are going to get you to the top of all of them by the end of the week!” And they did. The third...