King Country weekend

The location was the GoBush block deep in the heart of the North Island’s King Country, and having seen photos of the location and read about it, it was time to visit.

Go Bush has some 283 hectares (700 acres) of native bush with tracks both old and new suitable for both shiny and club 4x4 vehicles. The campsite has a toilet/shower building and kitchen building which overlooks a small pond, for swimming etc in summer. Also available is a BBQ and outside fire ring to tall tales around at day’s end.

The first track was a short run to test the water. We then went further afield to get some views of the surrounding area. There was then a short stop for some photos on the ridge before we started to drop back into the valley.

Once down we turned hard left into a creek and out again to head up a ridgeline track.

From there it was a steep climb through both old and new bush up onto a main track which we headed down before turning right uphill to go back along the ridge we had started on.

Come Sunday morning and this time we turned off a main track to head uphill, only to hear that that the second or third truck was in trouble due to the slippery nature of the track. We then headed up a main track and through some narrow sections of bush before we were out in the open.

The view here was such that we had almost 360 degrees of vision, including an excellent look through the trees to our camp site.

Monday morning turned out to be a very overcast day with raindrops in the air. All that remained, therefore, was a quiet breakfast as the camp packed up and people began leaving to head home. Including me who with ‘Little Whale’ back in harness behind the Elgrand, said my thanks and goodbyes and headed for the farm.

A great weekend, and special thanks to Sulphur City 4wheelers, especially Keith and Steve for a great weekend at a location which will be visited again.

To read the full story in the September 2015 issue of NZ4WD go to (on sale August 17) or purchase your own hard copy at the Adrenalin store.

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