Date –Sunday 25th April 2021
Location – Hikutaia, Waikato, Bottom of the Coromandel Peninsula
Start Time - 9am
Finish Time – 6pm!
Travelling time to track from clubrooms – 1.5hrs
10 Club Vehicles
Paul Gibbons – Terrano,
Andy Frost – Safari,
Andy Webb - Mu,
Peter Stopforth - Cruiser,
Stephan John - Jeep,
Dale Carline – Bighorn,
Trevor Huges – Jimney,
Cameron Payne – Prado,
Stephen Wilson - Jeep,
Paul Brinkman – Moo 2
Jeremy Barrow – Jeep,
Daniel Muir - Surf
Weather – Good. Quite a lot of recent rain.
Track Grade - Should have been Grade 2. Due to heavy use and rain track is now a Grade 3. If you want to get back from the end of the track winches required for vehicles on mud tyres. Dry months should be fine.
Track Condition – First half rocky and over grown. Second half muddy and slippery. Some big ruts and rocks to negotiate.
Hard Luck – As far as I am aware only one busted Moo tail light.
Best thing – What I thought was going to be an easy trip turned out to be technical. Everything was used – snatch ropes, winch extensions, pulley blocks, and lots of spades. Thank you, Peter Stopforth and your awesome truck.
Worst Thing – Worrying about possible damage to the nice trucks in the group. Thank goodness some of the drivers made a good choice and didn’t try to make it to the end. Those that did took us 4 hours to do 2 kms!
Camping – None. No toilets at the so-called end of the track campground.
Nice surprise – How much the track had changed in 12 months. Now rougher than the easy side of Thompsons.
Conclusion – Great trip, great group, great time. Let’s do it again when the track reopens.