The International Rally of Whangarei returns later this month with a number of new competitive tests including the Saturday night running of the Hella Pohe Island Super Special Stage.
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The action around William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island offers something for everyone with the Lions Club hosting a family fun day topped off with the night time ‘super special stage’ on Saturday 12 April.
Whangarei District Council Economic Development Manager Peter Gleeson said the rally is a hugely popular event in the District. Last years’ event directly boosted our economy by $2.8million and we expect a similar impact again this year.
“The rally has a huge following and is televised and captured by the international media. People come from all over the country and the world to compete and watch.
“The global television coverage reaches Australia, India, China, Japan and Europe and is worth an estimated $2.78 million so it really is great promotion for our District.
“Visitors relish our scenery, climate and hospitality and have a good time exploring our District and each visitor provides a positive boost for our economy by spending locally on accommodation, restaurants and activities,” he said.
“This is the first rally since the opening of the Lower Hatea River Crossing and we will be closing Te Matau a Pohe to marine traffic exceeding 6.5m on Saturday 12 April 2014 from 3pm to 10pm.
“As with all closures in case of emergency marine users can contact Bridge Control via VHF Channel 64 or Phone 09 438 7261 or 021 401 752.
“The dog park will also be closed during this time.
“Those keen to get an early look at the cars and teams can watch the car parade through central Whangarei at lunchtime on Friday 11 April.
“The Rally of Whangarei brings international sporting excellence to our doorstep so take the opportunity to get out there and have a look,” Mr Gleeson said.