Off road 4WD & Vehicle Training


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About our 4WD off road Training Facility

Experience one of New Zealand’s ultimate off road vehicle and 4WD training  facility. Our purpose built, all weather track is located on the Makoura Lodge property, one hour from Palmerston North, central North Island. 

We offer:

  • Off & On road training for a range of vehicles including; 4x4, 4WD, side by sides, quad bikes, LUVs and ATV’s 
  • NZQA unit standard training courses
  • Training in: 4WD ascents/descents/sidlings, failed hill climb techniques, vehicle recovery, river crossings, towing trailers/backing, vehicle maintenance; we are happy to tailor a programme to suit your needs!
  • Training to up-skill your staff and ensure their Health and Safety
  • Qualified driving trainers that instruct with passion to share their knowledge
  •   4x4 track hire
  •   4WD safaris & tours
  • Onsite Accommodation & Catering if required 
  • Located on the track is our authentic all-weather entertainment area, it is a great spot for briefings and refreshments, click here here to view Waipari Glen
We are AdventureMark saftey audited, ensuring your saftey

We are AdventureMark saftey audited, ensuring your saftey

Makoura Lodges 4WD Training Facility was professionally designed, to offer you a variety of real life, challenging scenarios . Training will educate drivers to learn the capabilities of their off road vehicle. All training is done with Health and Safety in mind and you will discover new driving skills to keep you safe.

Our track and entertainment facility has been used for; product launches, vehicle testing, corporate fun days, private track hire and technical vehicle training for a range of companies and businesses.



who should attend

  • People who want more confidence in the use of 4WD Vehicles
  • People who know the importance of Health & Safety in the workplace
  • People who want to get the most out of their vehicles & up skill
  • No prior four wheel driving experience required but all skill levels will be challenged


your INVESTMENT FOR 4wd courses

  • Half Day training course- $200
  • Full Day training course- $350pp
  • Two Day NZQA unit standard course- $450pp plus $7 per credit required
  • Full Day Refresher Course- $300pp
  • Makoura Lodge 4WD Track Hire- $500 per Day (including use of our self-catered venue)
  • 4WD Vehicle hire available at $350 per day

All pricing includes GST and is subject to change. Minimum booking number of 3 people applies, maximum size 8-10 students, dependent on prior experience. Courses are run according to your date preference & our instructors availability. 


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what people have to say about our off road training facility

Every one of my staff have provided me with good positive feedback today and now fully understand, and have experienced the differing capabilities of both, the technologies in their vehicles as well as their own personal capabilities which only comes with experiences such as yesterday’s training.
— Alan Brown
We have been using the 4WD proving ground at Makoura Lodge as part of our Toyota technical training and 4WD experience for many years now. The all-weather track provides a safe but challenging course which has been specifically designed to test the features of an off-road vehicle. We are always impressed with the versatility and variety of the tracks and the consistent performance of the natural terrain surface. Hugh and the team do a great job of maintaining the course and providing outstanding hospitality.
— James Jewell, Assistant Manager, Toyota NZ
Just letting you know that was one of the best courses I have seen with the practical side being on some decent tracks instead of just a paddock with little hills that you could drive a car around. Iain was a really good instructor.
— Darrin Spillane Contracting