THE VEHICLE – About the Trekka

The Trekka is the only motor vehicle to be both designed, and mass-produced in New Zealand. 2,500 were built between 1966 and 1973. The locally built bodywork and interior was bolted to Skoda mechanicals imported in kit form from Czechoslovakia.

The Trekka was the product of import restrictions designed to encourage higher New Zealand content in locally-assembled vehicles. For a short time, New Zealand joined the international club of vehicle exporters.

Relatively few Trekkas have survived. However the Trekka and its story is becoming increasingly recognised as a part of “Kiwiana” – a uniquely New Zealand product with a place in popular culture.