Coast Events

Reefton: four-wheel-drive heaven

With Bruce Smith

When it comes to staging events, the Coast is blessed with some unique environments, tailor-made for a whole raft of activities.

Take Reefton for example. The quantity and quality of four-wheel drive tracks in and around the area is the envy of many other towns across the country.

We should not be bashful in singing the praises of the facilities we have on the Coast. Our clubs and organisations need to be encouraged to canvass their counterparts across New Zealand to invite them to take advantage of what we have to offer on the Coast. It would be great to see some national and regional events staged here.

Reefton has a huge advantage when it comes to four-wheel drive tracks. Seems like a no-brainer to me to pick up the phone and invite the South Island four-wheel drive enthusiasts home to take up the challenge of some of these exciting tracks.

Let me take you on a video tour and show you what I mean!

Matt and I take Lando, my V8 Land Rover Discovery, to the West Coast. With Callum in his V6 Suzuki Samurai/SJ413 and Shane and Flynn in their Suzuki Grand Vitara, things get a little crazy!

Just cruising the back country outside Reefton.

Taking on the Chasm Track at Reefton.


Here we go on Napoleon Hill.


Let’s take a ‘quick trip’ to the Montgomery Hut.


Have you ever been to the historic settlement of Big River? It’s a fantastic ride – approximately two hours in and two hours back out the next day.