Pohutukawa Coast Rotary are the organisers of the popular Beachlands Maraetai Trolley Derby. Conceived in 2016 and after gaps in 2020 and 2022, the aim is to continue to make the trolley derby bigger and better. The event draws racers from locally and beyond, up to 50 at a time. Those racing age from seven to adults, from sophisticated trolleys to the less sophisticated. See photo gallery or watch the video to get some ideas.
The event is popular with the public with lots of food and entertainment for the children, with spot prizes and T-shirts for participants. Run in one of Auckland Council’s parks the course winds through paddocks with breath-taking views of the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island and Rangitoto. The event is open to everyone and trolleys can be entered in the following categories: -.
- Seven to 11: The trolley driver is between the ages of seven and 11 years of age on race day.
- 12 to 14: The trolley driver is between the ages of 12 and 14 years of age on race day.
- 15 and above: The trolley driver is at least 15 years of age on race day.
There are rules and requirements that govern the event (click to view), all trolleys are assessed to make sure they are safe, whatever we can guarantee you will have fun. It will also be the only time you will be glad see a policeman with a radar gun pointing at you, the fastest speed clocked so far is 44 kph. Although the emphasis is on safety racers go at what speed they feel comfortable with, but beware of ‘Crash Corner’.
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