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Our favourite 4WD tracks near Auckland

We've put together a list of our favourite 4WD tracks near Auckland to tackle and enjoy for a weekend adventure! With New Zealand's incredible sceneries, there are some beautiful views and great terrain as an outcome for 4WD in this awesome country! 

1. Muriwai Beach 

This hotspot on the West Coast is a popular off road sand experience for many 4WD owners who need a quick fix! Hit the dunes further down the beach or enjoy the long expanding beach. 

Directions:

- A 40 minute drive from Auckland city.

- To get on at the most popular entrance, drive to the end of Coast Road off Motutara Road, be sure to turn right once on the beach as going left is prohibited for vehicles.

2. Polaris 4WD Park, Woodhill Forrest 

This playgroup destination is great for a muddy 4WD experience, the Polaris 4WD park also offers a range of experienced activities to suite everyones preference for newbies, old timers, family and even night runs! There is a fee to access the park and be sure to check when their open here

Directions:

- A 49 minute drive from Auckland 

- Located off the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, take either Bradley or Rimmer Road to link with Selwyn Road which has access to the park.

3. Wilson Road, South Head 

This track is a seriously fun place to go 4WD and one of our personal favourites over the years. It offers some great sand dune experience as well as through the forest in order to get there. The smaller 4WD vehicles will have a great time through this track.

Directions:

- A 1 hour drive from Auckland 

- Take Wilson Road off South Head Road, after driving parallel with Lake Kereta, take the road off Wilson where the lake ends.

4. Hillcrest Road, Orewa

This Road has some hidden treasures, short 4WD tracks directly off the road.  It may seem like a breeze but make sure you're prepared for a huge muddy water rut on the rainier days!

Directions:

- A 35 minute drive from Auckland 

- Make your way down Hillcrest Road, off the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and you'll see some car tracks directly into the bush. Thats your passage!

5.  Pouto Lighthouse

If your after a days worth of driving you can check out Pouto lighthouse located on the Pouto Peninsular. Its a bit of a drive from Auckland and would be more of a weekend trip, but a great 4WD experience with awesome scenes.

Directions:

- A 4 to 5 hour drive from Auckland 

- Make your way to Dargaville from Auckland and get on at Baylys Beach OR Mahuta Gap Road, from there travel down the coast along the sand to make it to the lighthouse

- Another alternative is to travel down the Pouto Peninsular from Dargaville along Pouto Road and at the end you should find the beach access but a shorter 4WD sand experience.

 

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If you are after some more 4WD adventures be sure to check out 
- NZ 4WD Magazine - https://nz4wd.co.nz