Off-roaders support choppers

by Andy Bryenton

From the Kaipara to the Hokianga and beyond, the Northland Rescue Helicopter service does an incredible job, saving lives and responding fast in medical emergencies. This summer, the Kauri Coast 4WD Club is planning to give back to these rescue heroes, by organising an off-road safari fundraiser.

Club spokesperson Ron McCloy of Waimamaku says that it’s a chance to show some support and respect for the chopper crews, as well as a chance to take in some not-often-seen scenery in one of the most picturesque parts of the nation. It’s the sixth time that the club has hosted such an event.

“It is a safari run, so it’s suitable for all levels of vehicle and driver,” he says.

“The best part is travelling with a group of people who know the area, and being allowed to travel across private farmland with beautiful views and vistas, that, otherwise, you could never access.”

The two-day event begins on March 14, after a night spent at the Kauri Coast Top 10 Holiday Park. Day one features a drive through Waipoua Forest on the road followed by an off-road day in the Hokianga. Sunday takes in the full stretch of the mighty Ripiro coast, from the bluff to Pouto Point and its iconic lighthouse. Along the way, the club will visit locales usually off-limits to the general public, and there will be fun challenges and prizes for entrants.

Ron says that there are still spaces available for those with a sense of adventure, a 4×4 with a WOF and registration, and a desire to get up close and personal with the great outdoors. All proceeds from entrance fees go toward fundraising for the Northland Rescue Helicopter. Give Ron or club secretary Chrissy McCloy a call on 09 405 8316 or email for more information.