Trimming three kilometres of the 42 Traverse track of weeds and bush by 4WD club members clears the way for multi-users of the popular recreation track in the Tongariro Forest.
Regenerating bush and weeds encroach on to the track forming a narrow tunnel in some places. Users wary of what hidden hazards the vegetation might disguise stay in the centre which creates a ‘V’ wear pattern encouraging water to channel. Trimming the vegetation helps create an improved track surface.
In addition to this volunteer work, Department of Conservation services senior ranger Paul Carr explains, "Multi-use of the track is helping improve the surface of the track, as the tyre rolling effect of the wider wheel base of 4WDs helps to spread the surface more evenly".
Helpers came as far away as Auckland and Feilding for the annual working bee, joined by a Department of Conservation service ranger.
Peter Vahry of the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association says, "These continual efforts ensure that this rare route through a regenerating forest is maintained to cope with the plant and recreation growth". As an added bonus he claims, "It will also stop the 4WD owners grimace as they hear the twigs and branches ‘pin striping’ the paintwork".
4WD clubs clearing the 42 Traverse for a good ride