Repco Rally New Zealand Route Announcement
From the start at the iconic Pukekawa Auckland Domain to the renowned Whaanga Coast, Kaipara Hills and with the grand finale in Auckland’s coolest backyard, the Repco Rally New Zealand will offer international drivers a challenge like no other.
Organisers of the 32nd Rally New Zealand today released details of the stages that will make up the 11th round of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland in September.
The Rally route comprises 17 stages with 275kms of racing over four days from 29 September to 2 October. The event’s central hub will be at Auckland’s waterfront with a fan zone at the Repco Rally Village and Service Park, spanning Silo Park, Wynyard Point and Halsey Wharf.
Kick-off with a Super Special Stage
Repco Rally New Zealand will kick off with a Super Special Stage at Pukekawa Auckland Domain on Thursday 29 September, featuring an exciting 1.4km test that will showcase Auckland City to a huge worldwide audience.
With the support of the Auckland Domain Committee and Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, the Super Special Stage will be free to attend and will be the first time kiwi fans can see the new WRC Rally1 hybrid cars in action.
The Auckland Domain has enjoyed a long association with the event, having successfully hosted rounds of the World Rally Championship from 1986 to 1990 and then most recently in 2010 and 2012.
Mayor Phil Goff says the World Rally Championship will be welcomed by fans and will provide a boost to businesses in the region.
“With a central hub and fan zone in downtown Auckland and racing on some of the region’s most iconic courses, the World Rally Championship will draw thousands of visitors to Auckland from New Zealand and around the world,” he says.
“For the first time, this year’s event will also incorporate the sport’s move to new hybrid cars running on 100 per cent sustainable and renewable synthetic fuel, signalling a new commitment to sustainability and reducing emissions.
“With an expected global television audience of more than 70 million fans, The World Rally Championship will shine an international spotlight on our region and provide a welcome boost for tourism, hospitality and accommodation businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
After the buzz of the opening night, Repco Rally New Zealand will head south to the Waikato for six special stages, highlighted with two passes through Whaanga Coast near Raglan, one of the world’s greatest rally stages.
There will also be a double pass of Te Akau North and Te Akau South to complete an epic Friday that features 156km of racing that will go a long way towards determining the final outcome of the event.
Saturday 1 October: back in Auckland
On Saturday 1 October, the competitors will be back in Auckland for the first time in 20 years to take on the brilliant, cambered corners of Kaipara Hills, followed by Puhoi and Komokoriki stages.
The final day comprises a double run on a new stage at Whitford Forest Te Maraunga Waiho along with two passes through the remarkable purpose-built 6.5km circuit at Jack’s Ridge Haunui.
View & download stage maps for the WRC Rally of New Zealand 2022
The Jack’s Ridge Haunui stage, built by owner Andrew Hawkeswood on his property in Whitford, will complete the rally as the Wolf Power Stage. The Jack’s Ridge Haunui venue will provide unique stadium-like viewing for fans who can watch the cars battle for valuable world championship points and where the champion of Repco Rally New Zealand will be crowned.
“It is a remarkable collection of the most famous stages that have given Rally New Zealand the mantle as having the world’s best flowing gravel roads,” said Stuart Barnett, Clerk of the Course for Repco Rally New Zealand.
“Add to that an opening Super Special Stage at Auckland Domain, the spectacular stages north and south of the city, and an exciting spectacle at Jacks Ridge, and this promises to be an event offering a range of spectacular viewing opportunities.
“Repco Rally New Zealand could not be a better advertisement for Tāmaki Makaurau where a global television audience of more than 70 million fans will see the diverse landscapes of our region.”
Fans attending the World Rally Championship round in Auckland this September can purchase tickets or hospitality for all days of the rally, including the Jack’s Ridge stage.
Daily rally route of Rally of New Zealand 2022
The Rally route comprises 17 stages with 275kms of racing over four days from 29 September to 2 October.
Thursday 29 September 2022
- Shakedown, Inland Road: 9am
- Super Special Stage 1: Pukekawa Auckland Domain, 1.4km, 6:08pm
Friday 30 September 2022
- Stage 2: Whaanga Coast 1, 29.7km, 8.33am
- Stage 3: Te Akau South 1, 31.02km, 10.11am
- Stage 4: Te Akau North 1, 18.20km, 11.14am
- Stage 5: Whaanga Coast 2, 29.7km, 2.22pm
- Stage 6: Te Akau South 3, 31.02km, 4pm
- Stage 7: Te Akau North, 18.20km, 5.03pm
Saturday 1 October 2022
- Stage 8: Kaipara Hills 1, 15.83km, 8.08am
- Stage 9: Puhoi 1, 22.63kmm 9:06am
- Stage 10: Komokoriki 1, 5.6km, 10.14am
- Stage 11: Kaipara Hills 2, 15.83km, 2.08pm
- Stage 12: Puhoi 2, 22.63km, 3.06pm
- Stage 13: Komokoriki 2, 5.6km, 4.24pm
Sunday 2 October 2022
- Stage 14: Whitford Forest Te Maraunga Waiho 1, 8.75km, 10.32am
- Stage 15: Jack’s Ridge Haunui 1, 6.42km, 12.08pm
- Stage 16: Whitford Forest Te Maraunga Waiho 2, 8.75km, 1.18pm
- Stage 17: Jack’s Ridge Haunui 2, 6.42km, 3.18pm.
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Gold Pass includes:
- Exclusive access to shakedown on Thursday 28th September
- Priority viewing at SSS1 on Thursday 28th September (Subject to change)
- Access to Friday stages including priority gold pass parking
- Access to Saturday stages including priority gold pass parking
- Access to Jack’s Ridge Wolf Power Stage including gold pass spectating area and priority gold pass parking
- Official gold pass cap