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MAKING THE GRADE

“AS FOR SUCH A RELATIVELY Airing head down for the EASY TRACK, THE SENSE OF REMOTENESS THAT YOU FEEL IS AMAZING! AS YOU DRIVE FOR KILOMETRE AFTER KILOMETRE, THE SCENERY CHANGES AND NEW VIEWS APPEAR. MOST OF THE TRACK FOLLOWS VARIOUS RIVERS AND THERE ARE NUMEROUS SPOTS TO STOP FOR LUNCH AND MAYBE HAVE A SWIM ON A HOT DAY.”

4 WD Routes are generally graded from one to five. One being the easiest and five being the most difficult.

Unlike many other sports, there is no single universal definitive system for grading 4WD tracks in New Zealand. Many 4WD clubs have their own grading standards, which vary from club to club and can be highly subjective.

However, as with climbing or rafting grades, 4WD routes are generally graded using the ‘crux,’ or most difficult move or section to give the route its grade. In many cases, this may be a river crossing, a steep rutted section or bog holes.

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