Off Road 4WD & Vehicle Training


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.  

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. 

what 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

  • 4WD Vehicle hire (manuals only) available at $350 per day

  • Onsite Accommodation & Catering if required

OUr training track

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Course OpTIONS, please enquire for a quote

  • One or Two Day NZQA unit standard courses

  • Half Day training course- or see our U-Drive for a 90-180 min course

  • Full Day training course (non NZQA)

  • Refresher Courses

    Courses are run according to your date preference & our instructors availability. 


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


what people have to say about our off road training facility

Every one of my staff have provided me with good positive feedback today from the training 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