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April 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

All pre-purchased ticket holders will go into the draw to win a lap with Hayden Paddon!

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The spectacular Festival of Speed at Highlands returns – with an amazing selection of historic and classic vehicles battling it out on the world-class Highlands circuit.  The Festival of Speed is renowned as one of the most popular racing events in New Zealand for both competitors and spectators.

It’s a weekend packed with some of the best modern classic racing you will see in New Zealand. Featuring the Pre 65 Racing, Mainland Muscle, Formula Libre, Highlands Modern Classics & Highlands Nostalgic Classics. Join us for some true-blue kiwi racing starring some of New Zealand’s most well-known racing legends!


  • Spectacular lunch time entertainment on Saturday with Hayden Paddon showcasing his skills in the Hyundai AP4
  • A rare look at the F1 Benetton Michael Schumacker got his first points in out on the track on Sunday
  • Tony Quinn’s “Monster Tamer” Focus on Sunday
  • Tickets are only $30 per day or $50 for a Weekend Pass – kids under 16 free
  • Two days of great racing – including the Mainland Muscles championship round
  • Motor home camping available on-site
  • Discounted prices for U-Drive activities all weekend




Download an event schedule here

Download the Friday Test Day Schedule here


Saturday 6 April – Sunday 7 April – Sunday 7 April: Event tickets are required.

Your Weekend Pass includes access to the pits so you can meet the drivers and see the cars up close as well as access to the Highlands Museum over on the main terrace.   Level One at the Pits is also open to the public, so when you are finished checking out the facilities, you can enjoy the track action from Level One with a cool beverage in hand!

All pre-purchased tickets go in the draw for a Hot Lap with Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai AP4.

Book your tickets

  • Entry is $30 a day per adult or $50 for a Weekend Pass
  • Kids under 16 are free
  • Tickets can be purchased at the gate or via link above
  • Ticket includes entry to Highlands Museum
  • Access to Vehicle Show featuring over 200 vehicles on display
  • Go-Kart track open for a race with mates
  • Fast Dash Ferrari or Porsche GT3RS open for bookings


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If you have a special vehicle that is worth showing off to our motor-racing fans then we want to hear from you! Registrations are open for the Highlands Festival of Speed Vehicle Show. Not limited to cars – it could be a bike, boat or caravan.

If your vehicle is accepted we will extend you one complimentary Weekend Pass for the Highlands Festival of Speed – any additional tickets can be purchased at the main gate.

To enquire please call Paula Buchanan 027 535 7172



Due to popular demand, we are thrilled to offer parking for self-contained motor homes at the Festival of Speed – so you can stay where all the action’s at all weekend long at Highlands.

Step 1: Review summary

  • All applications are subject to availability
  • First in first served basis
  • $100/vehicle for weekend @Trackside (limited to 7m vehicles)
  • $50/vehicle for weekend @Outfield Parking

Step 2: Apply online

  • Easily apply online for your motor home spot for the Festival of Speed – To enquire please call Paula Buchanan 027 535 7172
  • All campers must purchase a weekend pass of $50/person
  • Weekend Passes will be given to you upon arrival
  • Parking and entry tickets must be pre-paid prior to arriving
  • You will be notified when your booking is confirmed
  • All competitors must advise that they are competitors upon inquiry

Step 3: Follow the entry times for camper vans

  • Thursday 4thApril 5pm – 6pm
  • Friday 5thApril 8am – 9am
  • Friday 5thApril 4pm – 6pm
  • Saturday 6thApril 8am – 9am

All camper vans need to have vacated the site by 10am Monday 8th April.



For media accreditation at this event please click here to register your interest – one of our team members will come back to you.

For any questions, contact Paula Buchanan on 03 445 4052 or send an email to:

April 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am
April 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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