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4WD fans get rare glimpse of protected coastline

Nov 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Uncategorized

THE TWENTY kilometre stretch of foreshore from Ocean Beach to Orongorongo Station is typically off limits to vehicles – but exceptions include fundraising events.

Novice drivers Simon Harrison and Jacquie Treweek

COASTAL DRIVING: Simon Harrison and Jacquie Treweek

Seeing the coastline is best done by four-wheel drive and Wainuiomata coast enthusiast Trevor Hughes, from Kilbirnie, would like the public to see more of the area.

Trevor organised a rally earlier this year as part of a fundraiser for the Wellington Volunteer Coastguards.

He says the owners of Orongorongo Station and Wharekauhau Lodge were happy to give permission for the public to have 4WD access, as part of the entry fees went to charity.

The area is significant because of its unique biodiversity, he says. “Most of the beaches are off limits as they are protected because of the plants and birdlife.”

Hataitai couple Simon Harrison and Jacquie Treweek were among participants in the rally.

Although Jacquie is a novice, she enjoyed the experience and says she tried out the family car without falling off the cliff.

“It’s an exciting thing to do for the family.”

Peter Blackster, spokesman from the Department of Conservation, says there is gazetted public access along the coastline for walking, but not cycling or driving.

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