Monday, 12 January 2015

Cromwell's 'Rotary Day' 2015 - 4WD adventure for all

The 21st Cromwell Rotary 4 Wheel Drive event held on Sunday 4th January enjoyed near perfect weather with a little cloud cover tempering the heat of the day. This was Cromwell Club’s ‘Rotary Day’ for 2014-15 bringing together Rotarians, other locals and summer visitors to the Central Otago area of New Zealand.

The trip, covering almost 100 km over challenging terrain was tackled by more than 70 people in 28 vehicles. The event started at the Golden Gate Hotel with an introduction by Club President Jean Morgan, a safety briefing from co-organiser Murray Dennison and the allocation of the now traditional box per vehicle of mouth-watering Webb’s peaches. The convoy then headed towards the Nevis Valley and on to seek out the source of Bannockburn’s water from the Carrick race.

The day’s trip was punctuated by a few vantage point pauses and a welcome picnic lunch break next to the Nevis River and then on to view the Cromwell basin from the shadow of the aerials at the top of Mount Difficulty. A steep hill descent was rewarded by a barbeque in Bannockburn to conclude this year’s Cromwell Rotary 4WD fundraising event. As always, Cromwell Rotary very much appreciates the considerable effort devoted by the team organising the event and the local landowners who permit access during the planning stage and on the day.