Rally Cars To Roar Around Domain


Rally cars will roar around Auckland Domain one Friday night in a few weeks.

For the first time since 1990, a super special stage of Rally NZ will be run in the Auckland Domain on May 7..

The 1.5km route will take competitors around a selection of the Domain’s sealed roads in the dark.

Rally New Zealand chairman Chris Carr says the inclusion of the Auckland Domain in the official route of Rally New Zealand stems from a desire to ensure at least one competitive rally stage was run in close proximity to central Auckland and its legions of rally fans.

“The Domain stage layout has been designed to provide excellent spectator viewing within the natural contours of the picturesque Domain.”

Rally cars to descend on the tranquil Museum area

Auckland Mayor  John Banks, says the Domain is a particularly special venue in which to run a super special stage during the 40th anniversary of Rally New Zealand.

“Auckland City Council and Rally New Zealand have worked together to raise the bar with this event to ensure it is world-class for spectators, as well competitors and their teams. This has included facilitating the Auckland Domain Super Special Stage, which is going to be a great spectacle in an historic environment that we will be taking every possible step to protect throughout the event.”

The same Domain route is also being used for the ‘shakedown’ on Thursday 6 May, when competitors get their one and only official test session before the rally commences on Friday morning.

Tourism Auckland chief executive, Graeme Osborne, says“Auckland Domain and its War Memorial Museum have great significance for the region. It’s excellent news that such a popular visitor destination will take pole position in this high profile sporting event,” he says.

A free bus will be running from the Queens Wharf Service park to the Auckland Domain and back for the event.

The council is also offering specially-priced parking in the Downtown car park from 4.30pm that day. People can park for only $5 at the Downtown car park, and catch the free bus from outside the Ferry Terminal building to the Domain event and back. Vouchers will be available on the bus and must presented to the cashier when paying to redeem the discount.

I guess it would be too much for petrolheads to ever consider going by train and using the new Grafton station!




  1. joust says:

    Very cool. Look forward to seeing the route the track will follow. I’ll be there. Might even take the train! : - )

  2. Joshua says:

    I’ll be walking there for sure, will be MINT!!!!

  3. Matt L says:

    Sounds good, the new Grafton station will be good to use and being a Friday night it means the trains are running later.


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