REMEMBER: With any club trip, grade 1 or not, we are off-roading! Anything can happen, so be prepared for breakages and/or damage.
Grade 1: Standard unmodified trucks, easy driving, no damage or scratches likely. Suitable for novice drivers.
Grade 2: Standard trucks with good tyres, easy tracks, some brush marks or scratches likely, bumper deep water, some mud. Suitable for intermediate drivers
Grade 3: Trucks with some modifications (mud or hybrid terrain tyres, snorkel) and increased
ground clearance recommended, slightly harder more technical tracks. Some off-roading experience required, wheel deep water, more mud, brush marks and scratches likely, some damage to sills or panels possible. Snorkels recommended.
Suitable for intermediate to experienced drivers.
Grade 4: More heavily modified trucks (mud tyres, snorkel, raised/upgraded suspension, winch preferable) harder tracks, steep hills/inclines, good off-roading experience required, bonnet deep water, deep/lots of mud, expect brush scratches and possible sill/panel damage. Snorkels required. Suitable for experienced drivers.
Grade 5: Very heavily modified trucks (as grade 4 but winch a must, scrub bars) very hard technical tracks, tippy/steep tracks, bush bashing, big rocks, winching will be needed, over bonnet deep water and mud, expect damage! Suitable for very experienced drivers with well-equipped vehicles only.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT & RECOMMENDED GEAR
Minimum Safety Equipment and Gear
Rated recovery points front and rear (remove your towball if you don’t have a rated rear recovery point)
Rated D/Bow shackles or rated soft shackles
Recovery strap / rated snatch strap
Blanket for winch rope / snatch strap
First aid kit
Spark arrestor (for summer months)
Standard jack and base plate
Spade or shovel
Basic tool kit
Leather work gloves
Minimum 3rd party insurance cover
Valid full NZ Driver’s License
Current registration and Warrant of Fitness (for public roads)
Container of water
Recommended equipment items
Vehicle-mounted UHF radio (preferred) or hand-held UHF radio
Tree trunk protector and snatch block
Supplies of water and oils (engine, transmission, brakes, diffs, steering)
Common spare parts (alternator belt, radiator / heater hoses, CV etc)
Good fitting chains
EPIRB / PLB / Satellite communications unit
Winch – with synthetic rope.
Radiator blind / sack
Overnight gear – sleeping bag, tent etc
Winch extension strap or spare winch rope