Anyhow, we packed up the truck, grabbed some food, and headed out west,
The first point of call was the grading day for the Land Rovers Owners Club of Auckland. This is a regular ‘audit’ of the club vehicles in regards to suitability to head out on club adventures.
I recently joined the club, because I figured it was a good way to find some adventures to go on, and, for me, its also a fact finding mission – as a group of fanatic owners, in person, in one place, is a wealth of knowledge, things tried (both good and bad) and a great way to sift through the piles of knowledge you can come across online.
I knew the major thing I need to get sorted out was recovery points for the new truck. From factory, in some ways, strangely, the Defenders don’t really feature solid enough points for a recovery – lash points, yes, snatch points? No.
So, I talked with the folks, and we now have a couple of options. Because the front of the truck already has a steering guard in place (of sorts), the standard Jate Rings quite possibly won’t fit into the factory spots. Which is a pain.
While I intend long term to replace the bumper on front with a winch bar and have the recovery points on there, I do need to get something done in the meantime. If I can find a slightly wider than normal Jate ring, we are all good. Mission on!
We then made a quick detour over to the folks at Feldon Shelter – we have been running one of their rooftop tents for a couple of years now, and it’s awesome – but it’s been on the Ford Explorer – which is a lot shorter (like, a lot) – so the first time I set it up having moved it over, I was a little surprised to find that the ladder up to the tent wouldn’t even touch the ground!
A quick eMail, and an extension was sorted. Now it won’t be floating and not supporting the tent like it was!
Polaris 4WD Park
I had wanted to head out to the Polaris 4WD Park for a bit – I had actually been out previously – but managed to get the opening dates wrong – so, having double checked on the website that it was open, that was our final destination.
After a quick stop in to see Roger and crew (I have to assume that is your twin Roger!) we had our map (quickly seconded by my 3 year old) and we were off.
This Park, really is a park – it’s a lot larger than I realised. Nestled in the heart of the Woodhill forest, it really is a 4wd playground.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect. And was impressed. It’s not just a drive down a dirt road, so don’t take anything that doesn’t have some decent clearance – but – at the same time, the tracks are clear enough that, unless you really do something stupid (just take your time) – you won’t get stuck on the main tracks – and – have a great adventure as the same time.
I do admit, I got a little lost – I think partly because I didn’t quite understand how the park and the supplied map was laid out. I will head back soon, with mapping software in hand (or on
If you want to really see what your 4WD will do – there are many different grades of track available – and along with trucks, or all types, there were a couple of side by sides and some very modified trucks. Several petrol Landies with a distinct lack of mufflers were also there!
There is dirt, forest, mud, sand, some man-made challenges – a bit of everything. We spend around three hours there, and I don’t feel we explored even half of the park. I also note they do some night driving – which would also be a lot of fun.
We drove a bit, stopped, snacked, drove some more, had lunch, it was a good day out. I can imagine, especially if there were a couple of trucks and a couple of radios, that it would be even more fun.
I will be back, with a couple of cameras, and my tour guide voice at the ready I think!