International Rally of Whangārei

Photo of Hayden Paddon's rally car, sliding around a gravel corner, during a previous Whangarei rally.

The International Rally of Whangārei incorporates the second round of the MotorSport New Zealand sanctioned New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) where local teams can compete internally for NZRC points.

18 special stages over 264 kms on what is widely regarded as the world’s best gravel rally roads await competitors in the 2021 International Rally of Whangārei brought to you by Mark Cromie Motor Group.

 The event will see the top three registered drivers from Rally Otago and Rally of Whangārei qualify for a place in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship final in Coffs Harbour, Australia in late November.

The event commences with an opening ceremony on Friday 14 May 2021 with the following two days comprising over 262 km of competitive gravel stages in Whangārei and the Far North.

The service park is at Cobham Oval, Whangārei.

Spectator information (


Ticket pre-sales available at Eventfinda. No gate sales available so please make sure you buy online in advance.

  • Friday Ten4 Pohe Island day pass: $17.00 *
  • Three-day gold pass: $28.00 *
  • Saturday and Sunday rural stages day pass: $10.00 (per day) *
  • Under 15 Free

* Plus ticket fees

Purchase tickets on Eventfinda

Day 1 - 2021 official rally start and Ten4 super special stage


Friday 14 May 2021  |  5:00pm - 9:00pm


Te Matau ā Pohe, Pohe Island, Dave Culham Drive, Whangārei.

Access is via Dave Culham Drive off the Riverside Drive roundabout, follow the marshals directions to parking on Pohe Island, or park on the Port Road side and walk across the bridge. 


5:20pm:  Your chance to meet the drivers, get autographs and see all the cars lined up on Te Matau ā Pohe, including Kiwi's Hayden Paddon, Ben Hunt, Emma Gilmour, Jack Hawkeswood and more!

6:00pm:  Opening ceremony and speeches

6:15pm:  First rally car over the start ramp.

7:00pm:  Racing starts over the Ten4 Pohe Island Super Special Stage, this year with the awesome jump! 


Viewing area and accessible parking.

Day 2 - Special stages north of Whangārei


Saturday, 15 May 2021  |  7:00am - 5:00pm


All stages will be held south of Paihia and north of Whangārei. 

Day 3 - Special stages south of Whangārei


Sunday, 16 May 2021  |  7:00am - 4:00pm


All stages will be held south of Whangārei with the finish to be held at Semenoff Stadium, 51 Okara Drive, Whangārei.


  • Friday, 14 May 2021 | 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Saturday, 15 May 2021 | 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Sunday, 16 May 2021 | 07:00 AM - 04:00 PM