Off Road Vehicle & 4x4 Track Hire For Training Instructors, Vehicle Testing & Product Launches

About Makoura Lodges vehicle training track

Experience one of New Zealand’s ultimate off road vehicle and 4WD proving ground. Our purpose built, all weather track is located on the Makoura Lodge property, one hour from Palmerston North, central North Island.  The training track and proving ground is perfect for product launches, vehicle testing, training and vehicle awareness days. 

With Makoura Lodges accommodation and fine catering onsite, it is the perfect all in one destination for any off roading event.

Examples of our four wheel driving track features

One Tree hill- a safe side slope, feel the tyres grip and slip.

The Axle Twister- a feature that fully tests axle articulation.

The Water Slide-  a hard slippery surface with a constant supply of water cascading down. 

The Stone Hill- a steep wear resistant stone surface with timber guide rails provided to assist with correct alignment. A testing feature that can be dramatic in wet conditions. Test gearing and engine braking. If a ‘descent assist’ feature is provided, this is the place to try it out. 

The Staircase- provides difficult traction conditions especially when wet.  

The River Crossing- offers you the opportunity to experience driving a vehicle at various water depths and difficulty. 

The Winching Area- designed to learn and test your winching skills by providing the environment to practise various techniques to winch vehicles to safety.


Full day track hire: $500

2-3 hours hire: $350 

Concession offer: 3 full day uses for $1200 (saving of $300!) * track bookings to be used within one year.

health and SAFETY

We have an extensive health and safety plan we send out prior to your arrival so you are aware of all hazards and any no go areas. This is audited via Adventure Mark.

our track has been used for

  • Haval H9 series vehicle launch

  • Landcruiser & Hilux Press releases

  • Hino Truck Testing

  • Quad bike, LUV, 4x4 training

media articles involving our track

Land Cruiser Release

Haval H9 Vehicle Launch

Hino Truck Testing

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 Jewel, Toyota, Assistant Manager