November 10, 2011

Safari season Up North

Two organisations are planning safaris Up North in March. The Opononi and District Lions Club is teaming up with the Kauri Coast 4WD Club to run the Project Promise Hokianga 4WD Safari, March 9-11. A few weeks later, the Otamatea Christian School and the Rodney Off Road Ciub are running the second OCS 4WD Safari, March 24-25. 

The Hokianga safari will tour through blocks of the Waimamaku west coast area in terrain that includes farms, rivers and mud tracks. The organisers say It's "a family affair with enough interest to keep the more adventurous entertained. Shiny and tough truck tracks are separated but join for lunch around a river site." A base camp is set up at the Waiotemarama complex, southeast of Omapere. It Includes a camping area. The trip is limited to 60 vehicles and costs $160 for the driver and one passenger; extra passengers $50 and children under 14, $25 each. Contact the event organiser Dirk Annemans, at

The Otamatea school is offering two runs at its event, play or safari. The first run is over challenging terrain with short safari stints and plenty of mud time. The safari option meanders over rolling farmland and along bush tracks. Both runs are expected to come together at a mudhole on the Saturday afternoon “to show off skills and/or to be entertained”.  The trip costs $170 with additional passengers $40 each, children 5-12, $20 Contact Julia Leaf at

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