The club owns two Ford Transit turbo-diesel vans. These are bigger, roomier, more powerful and more comfortable than the more common Hi-ace vans you may have had inflicted on you on other journeys.
Each holds 12 people. Both vans have bike racks and snow chains, as well as generous luggage space at the back behind a safety cage.
The club always needs confident drivers so please contact the Transport Officer if you wish to help out with this important and essential duty.
The trip leader(s) will nominate someone to do the driving. Trip leaders are not obliged to drive the van.
To drive the club van, you need to…
You are encouraged to
The club vans are parked near the Interislander ferry terminal. The club Transport officer will give you directions. The keys must be collected from the club gear room on the Wednesday night prior to your trip.
The club vans have snow chains. These will often be required during winter, especially going up to the club lodge on Mt Ruapehu. Familiarise yourself with fitting the chains by watching this video.
Pay for diesel and any other van related purchases using the Fleetcard.
There is a contact number in the van for 24-hour breakdown recovery
The club has a policy of no alcohol for drivers (including not drinking in the 24 hours before driving). If a group member has been drinking they are not to drive, even if they may be under the legal limit.
The club has a zero tolerance.
If you are going on the ferry, the transport officer will give you the necessary ticket documentation.
If private transport is used for a club trip…
If you are travelling by air and are carrying liquid fuel camping stoves and fuel containers, read the Air New Zealand guide to dangerous goods before you travel. You can also read and complete 'Air New Zealand's airport handling notice relating to camping stoves', which you can find at the bottom of this page, before you travel.