All events are cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19 uncertainty plus NZDF closing the training area to all third party use (including the Offlimits Trust) whilst it undertakes a land use review and negotiates with tangata whenua.

E V E N T S /  4 x 4  W I N T E R  E V E N T

Ice Buster

About the event
Ice Buster is a unique 4WD event. Unique because it is held under the biggest North Island Mountain in the middle of winter. Unique because it encompasses guided touring in the best alpine terrain in New Zealand. A four wheel drive event that celebrates the diverse climate of the central plateau in true winter style. Saturday and Sunday are guided safari days where we explore the features and some of the history of the 63,000 hectares of the Waiouru military training area. This safari is deliberately placed in mid-winter to give you a chance to drive in real winter conditions. It is also placed at a time when there are few other events or distractions.

Vehicle and group types
The groups are:

  • Club trucks. These trucks are kitted out for serious off road use and can handle all (most) types of terrain. This group will go places and do things that are best suited to club trucks
  • Adventure group. For some time now there has been quite a group of people who don't quite fit the 'club truck' group but are more adventuresome than 'dull shineys'. This group will fill that gap
  • Dull shineys. This group will enjoy some off road experiences that could pass through tracks with scrub that could perhaps make the odd paint scratch. We will take you to paces that are definitely off road and fun but not too adventuresome as in deep water holes etc.

It is important to note:

  • Because it is winter Ice Buster is only open to trucks that are equipped for winter conditions & have knobbly tyres
  • This event is not suitable for Shiney-Shinies. However Dull Shinies are okay
  • Ice Buster will only be open to a maximum of 60 vehicles of three groups/convoys of 20
  • The groups are likely to be Dull Shinies, Adventure and Club Trucks.

All pricing is GST inclusive.
Option 1 - Full package - accommodation & meals. Option 2 - Basic package - accommodation & meals. Option 3 - Camping or Staying off site - meals included. Option 4 - Staying off site.

1 PASSENGER$160$125$50
2 PASSENGERS$310$225$75
3 PASSENGERS$460$325$100
4 PASSENGERS$600$425$125
Family Pass
(2 adults +2 children under 16)

What's included 

Option 1 - Full package - accommodation & meals

2-day event registration (Saturday & Sunday). If you choose the full accommodation and meals registration choice your entry fee includes accommodation in the normal army barracks at Waiouru, all bedding supplied and all meals during your stay.

Option 2 - Camping on site or accommodation off site & Meals

2-day registration either staying in campervan at Waiouru base or staying off site. If this is your choice then you arrange your own accommodation and all army meals will be included during the weekend.  Campervan parking behind barracks and use of toilet/shower facilities.

Option 3 - Staying off site

2-day registration staying off site. If this is your choice then you arrange your own accommodation and food and report each day.

Registration notes
All registrations must be completed on our website. There will be no on the day registrations. We will send you your event briefing notes approximately two weeks before the event.

Just like to say we had a great weekend at Ice Buster. It was everything I expected and I was also delighted to finally see some Kaimanawa horses in the wild. The tracks were great and the organisation as well ~ Grant Christian.

Cancellation and refunds
Events could be cancelled or modified due to military requirements, weather conditions or unforeseen logistical issues which make the running of events either unsafe or unable to be conducted on the scheduled dates and in the locations advertised. Please refer to the payments and refunds section for details on the cancellation and refund policy. Please note the alternate weekend for this event if its postponed is 27-28 July 2019.

In the first instance, enquiries should be made to Diana Booth. Email Telephone +64 21 129 7670.

Winter 2020 TBC
Start price per adult

VENUE. Waiouru military training area.

Registrations are closed

SUITABLE: Adults and experienced drivers.

CANCELLATION. Weather or fire risk, or military requirements.