School of Environment

Vehicles and Craft

School of Environment staff and 4WD on a beach erosion survey.


Much of the research and teaching in the School is field intensive therefore we are equipped with a versatile and practical fleet of vehicles that cater for most of our transport requirements.



School of Environment vehicles are available for use by University of Auckland staff and students. Some conditions of use exist;

  • All drivers must be registered on the School's Driver Register,
  • Drivers transporting passengers in the Minibus must be formally assessed by an AA driving assessor,
  • All vehicle use is subject to user charges and will be charged to the respective Department or funding source

Further information and forms can be found on the Vehicle section of the ENV Health and Safety website.

Vehicle bookings can be made by emailing - please provide the following information with your booking;

  • Name, Department and contact details
  • Destination(s)
  • Vehicle required
  • Date and times of the booking
  • Respective charge codes



Toyota Hiace ZX Minibus

Toyota Hiace ZX Minibus

  • Seats 12 people (including driver)
  • Spacious caged cargo area in the rear
  • Towbar
  • Manual
  • Diesel



Toyota Hiace ZL Gear Van

Toyota Hiace ZL Gear Van

  • Seats up to 5 people (including driver) - 2 in front, 3 in rear
  • Spacious cargo area which can be expanded by folding down rear seat
  • Towbar & roof rack
  • Manual
  • Diesel



Toyota Hilux 4WD

Toyota Hilux 4WD

  • Seats up to 5 people (including driver)
  • Covered deck
  • Towbar and roof rack
  • Manual
  • Diesel
Hilux Vehicle Guide.pdf
(1.5 MB, PDF)




Naiad rigid hull inflatable

Naiad rigid hull inflatable (GESter)

  • 3.8m overall length
  • 30hp Mercury 2-stroke outboard motor
  • Carries up to 4 crew (including Skipper)

Operating limits:

Non-Passenger - Limit Type: Enclosed Waters - Auckland Manukau, Kaipara and all NZ Nth Island lakes and waterways,  

Non-Passenger - Limit Type: Inshore - Northland, Auckland, Great Barrier and Bay of Plenty, within 2 miles from the main coast of NZ

In favourable weather conditions and in daylight hours only



Fyran aluminium dinghy (Madame Yak)

  • 10ft overall length
  • Carries up to 4 people maximum
  • Oar powered!

Quad bike



Honda TRX 250 quad bike

Honda TRX 250 quad bike

  • 250cc petrol
  • 2 wheel (rear) drive
  • Drivers must be certified ATV operators

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