On Thursday 25th March 2021, a group of kiwi blokes driving their Chamberlain tractors, along with support vehicles, will depart New Plymouth heading South. There is where the very first Heartland Tractor Trek begins.
This 14 day kiwi tractor adventure is being run by a group of tractor loving mates that have formed the Chamberlain Owners Group (COG's) and one member in particular, Steve Day. He has his own story to tell.
Steve's grandson Oliver was born with serious heart defects and will need to have multiple surgeries and treatment throughout his life. After seeing the support his family received from Heart Kids, Steve decided he wanted to give back and from there the Heartland Tractor Trek was born.
At a total distance of around 2200kms, the trek will travel from Taranaki to Wellington and ferry to Picton. From there they will head to Rangiora to meet the rest of the trek participants.
The convoy will continue heading South, visiting towns along the way, meeting locals, schools and clubs, shaking buckets and increasing awareness for Heart Kids. They will eventually arrive in Otago to be part of the 3 day, Wheels at Wanaka event, before travelling north again to complete their journey in Rangiora.