About the Sport

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About the sport

FlyingMudA National 4x4 Trial is based upon the ability of Competitors to drive their vehicles over difficult terrain, including hill climbs, water courses, mud bogs, up steep hills, over rocks, ruts, along banks and a speed section. Over 60+ teams in a variety of vehicle classes, from production standard to highly modified vehicles all drive over the same obstacle.


Open to the public and spectator friendly, the NZ National 4x4 Trials Series comprises of one-day events hosted by NZFWDA affiliated Clubs around the country. Each Season thousands of spectators, team supporters and competitors attend the Events - held between Labour Weekend and Easter Weekend. 

 Each event has an overall winner for the day and winners by Class. These points go to make up the National Results for the different Zones and overall placings at the end of the season.  Spectators2

Management of the rules is undertaken by the National Trials Competition Committee on behalf of the NZFWDA. To be eligible to enter the Series you must be a member of an affiliated 4x4 Club of the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association. Both Driver and Co-Driver are required to hold a current drivers licence and competition licence.

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The Course

The course is made up of a minimum of 30 short obstacles - Blue Pegs mark the start and end points of the obstacle, and the boundaries of the obstacle are indicated by Red Pegs (these are on the right) and Yellow Pegs (on the left).

The driver and co-driver attempt to negotiate their vehicle through each hazard as far as they can. Vehicles must not flatten, straddle pegs or run over boundary pegs if on a graded hazard. However, they may do so, if on a non-graded hazard, but each peg squashed shall be worth 20 points.

SandraJacksonThe start pegs are 100 points, the hub centre of the leading wheel must pass the graded peg to get points, or it goes back to the one prior. Getting through the end blue pegs gives a Zero score. To achieve the best placing on the day it is the Team with the lowest score.

Results for the current season will become available as the Event Rounds take place. Check out last Season's winners.

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The 4X4 Competitions Committee

Established in 1996 for the more extreme members of the NZFWDA, the Competitions Committee work with 4x4 Clubs and Organisations the to ensure all Rounds of the NZ National 4x4 Trials are held to a high standard and safety is priority. The main focus of the Committee is to manage the up holding of the rules, grow the sport and keep competitors and spectators informed and up to date with information. Contact the Committee.

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The New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association

NZFWDA logo Established in 1974 the NZFWDA represents over 2100 members, 4WD supporters and 60+ Clubs throughout New Zealand.

The Organisation:
- Values the highest safety standards before, during and after all 4WD activities.
- Endorses respect and care while participating in 4WD activities in the environment.
- Acknowledges the contribution of its members and their values.
- Values and respects land owners and land users.
- Encourages non- discrimination of all participants.

NZMap The NZFWDA is administered by a group of volunteers, through a National Executive Council, Competition Committee and also three Regional Zone Committees;
Northern Zone – North Cape to Taupo;
Central Zone – Taupo to Wellington; and
Southern Zone – the entire South Island.

Visit the NZFWDA website

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