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Stunning Scienic Tours for 4x4 Vehicle Owners





With New Zealands ever-growing popularity as a tourist destination, it often seems a shame that more people don't take the opportunity to fully appreciate the countryside before whisking themselves away to ventures elsewhere.

Back Country Tag Along Tours provides self drive touring access on private and public land and roads for owners of 4WD vehicles. The excursions offer safe, well-planned and enjoyable experiences, a new appreciation of surroundings and hopefully a new friend or two.

Owned and operated by directors Kevin and Sharon Smith, of Breakaway Concepts Ltd, Back Country Tag Along Tours aims to foster a greater affinity for the beauty and uniqueness of our part of the world and to pass on an appreciation for the need to preserve and protect flora and fauna.

Sharon and Kevin have been avid fans of New Zealand's back country for years and it seemed a natural progression to take a favourite hobby to a mainstream part of their lifestyle and to be able to share their passion with others.

Back Country Tag Along Tours offers excursions ranging from day trips in Hawkes Bay to weekend trips further off the beaten path to other remote vista points outside the area.

Most tours comprise 4 to 10 vehicles and a 2 way radio transmitter is provided for communication from Kevin and Sharon to the convoy. The price is per Head and all inclusive of accommodation and most meals. While there are 4WD vehicles available for hire, Kevin reassures tour-goers there should be no worry of damage to personal vehicles.

"There are more than 6500 registered four wheel drive vehicles in Hawkes Bay and it's a shame to not use them appropriately," Kevin says. "We make every attempt to keep vehicles damage-free and there's probably a better chance of getting scratched in a supermarket car-park."

Tours run every three-four weeks (see the trips link) and all you need to pack is a picnic, change of clothes and a sense of humour, and for overnighters, a sleeping bag. If you'd like to have your weekend cuppa next to a new stunning backdrop use the contact link and let us know!


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This will put you on our database and enable us to let you know trip dates and destinations.


TRIPS ON OFFER ( Dates on Trips Page)

Day  Trips.

  • Mangatutu Station
  • Big Hill Station
  • Te Moto/ Ngaroto Station
  • Waipari Station
  • Puketitiri Hot Springs and Musuem/Makahu Hut
  • Taihape Road /Lawrence and Comet Huts
  • Waitara Road Mohaka River Waitere Station
  • Wakarara/Waipawa /Mill Road Area Keith Seversen's Trophy room
  • Ocean Beach Wilderness Reserve/Haupouri Station
  • Smedley Station
  • Otupae Station
  • Te Apiti Station
  • TeTui Stn
  • Porouni
  • Timahinga

More in the planning

Overnight Trips.

  • Tautane/Pipi Bank/ Akitio and Owahanga Stations and Castlepoint  (2 nights) accom Tautane Station Shearer’s Quarters
  • Tarawera Hot Springs/Whirinaki Forest/Minginui/Tuai /and Putere Lakes   Accom
  • Taihape Road/Otupae/Mangaohane Stations and Pohangina Valley Up to top of Ruahine Range. accom
  • Ormondville/Puketoi Range and Otapawa Station Waihi Waterfalls Accom
  • Waiouru Military Museum and Camp
  • Mahia Beach and Area to Portland Island
  • Mellonsfolly Ranch  Raetihi


  • Blue Duck Station  National Park
  • Castlepoint Station/Annadale Station
  • Central Plateau

More in the planning

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