and its companion volume ...
This collection of North Island tracks is specially compiled to offer simple and safe routes that are ideal for single-vehicle, family-type adventures.
They are for drivers who want to get away to magical, out-of-the-way places, but who don¹t want to bush-bash all the way through dense gorse and sticky mud, risking serious injury to person or vehicle. There is little opportunity to get stuck on these routes, little chance of getting into a dangerous situation. There is, however, much enjoyment to be had exploring back-country New Zealand in a vehicle designed so admirably for the purpose.
Don¹t forget the 4WD SOUTH ISLAND series by Ken Sibly and Mark Wilson.
Together these two books detail 200 4WD routes throughout the beautiful South Island.
All four books come in a practical spiral binding and include an illustrated guide to competent four-wheel driving.
Available at only $39.95 from all good booksellers
or direct from the publisher:
Shoal Bay Press Ltd, PO Box 17661, Christchurch.
Welcome to the AndiC web site - Regretably Still Under Construction.
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year
Of course, for those who happen to know me this'll be no surprise, for others, Hi, my name is Andy Cockroft, and this site is simply a reflection of who I am and what I'm about.
Born in Yorkshire, England, I spent my formative years in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, backdrop to many classical and modern literary works. The Brontë sisters were legendary on the adjacent moors, and James Herriot based his famous and wonderfully humorous veterinary books in the area.
Modern television series still rely heavily on this Yorkshire backdrop for the unrivalled atmosphere — such works as Emmerdale Farm, Heartbeat and Follifoot are all filmed in the very areas I grew up in.
Perhaps I also inherited some of the Yorkshire grit and humour along the way. That afforded me the opportunity to see the world by working throughout Europe and the Middle East before finally migrating to New Zealand in the late 1980s. As I say: 'Every time I ventured overseas, something would keep tugging me back to the Dales — that is until I found New Zealand — or did New Zealand find me?'
In any event, I have made New Zealand my home, and carried on with my passion for exploration, finding my way around the North Island, exploring every nook and cranny that many bypass with nary a look.
With a lifetime of back-country exploration, most of it by either foot or 4WD, I think I am well qualified to offer the advice and guidance necessary to help make off-road adventures for you not only enjoyable, but safe as well.
Immediate past president (now vice-president) of the Cross Country Vehicle Club, based in Wellington, and a member of the executive of the Four Wheel Drive Association, I'm heavily involved in the promotion of all things associated with 4WD recreation and in representing the interests of the 4WD recreational user. I am also a founder member of Tread Lightly! and the Akatarawa Recreational Access Committee, as well as finding time to sit on the committee of Foxton Beach Coast Care. As if that isn't enough, I also find time to research and write the odd book!