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Festival of Speed

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


The Highlands Festival of Speed 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 classic 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. This is a weekend of true blue Kiwi racing starring some of New Zealand’s most well-known racing legends.

This year we also want to cater for the newbies so we’re combining our exceptional action experiences with the racing to create an event for people to come along and see what motorsport is all about and even have the opportunity to experience the track in one of our We-Drive activities, at discounted prices for the weekend!

Entry is only $30 or a three day pass for $50, kids under 16 free. This includes entry into the Highlands Museum. At lunch time you will have a chance to book a ride in the Fast Dash Ferrari or Porsche GT3RS (limited numbers, book on the day) And of course, no visit to Highlands is complete without a race with your mates on our Go-Kart track! You can wander through the pits, have a yarn to the competitors or stroll through the Vehicle Show featuring over 200 vehicles on display. Vehicles are not limited to cars – we welcome caravans, boats, motorbikes – anything that fits the theme ‘Festival of Speed’



Friday 5 April: Practise day only, no tickets required

Saturday, 6 April: Event tickets are required.

Sunday, 7 April: Event tickets are required.

Tickets are available at the gate on all two days of the Highlands Festival of Speed race weekend.

Adult (16 and over) – $30 per day

Children (under 16) free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Three day pass: $50

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on either day.


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Download Supplementary Regulations


If you have a special vehicle that would be worthy of showing 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).

I look forward to hearing from you, click here to register.


Due to popular demand, we are excited to offer parking for self-contained motorhomes at the Festival.
We have two areas for parking, one is track-side (limited to 7m vehicles) and the other is the outfield parking below the track-side area.
We invite you to apply for your camping spot for the Festival of Speed, this year I have set up a link so you can click and apply online (easy)!

A brief summary for you below:

All applications are subject to availability at the time of receiving your form and I will let you know if your booking is confirmed.
First in first served basis.

Weekend payment of $100 per vehicle for TRACKSIDE parking OR $50 per vehicle for OUTFIELD PARKING.
Everyone camping must purchase a weekend pass which is $50 per person, which will be in your packs given to you upon arrival. Your parking and tickets must be pre-paid prior to arriving.
For competitors, please advise at the time of enquiry you are a competitor.

STRICT entry times for Campervans will be as follows:

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

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

Spectator Entry Fee:

Friday 5th April – no access to pits at all (this is practice day), if you wander across to the Highlands Museum the usual entry fee will apply ($25 per adult), payable at the Museum. Otherwise you can enjoy the practice rounds from your parking site.

Saturday 6th April – your weekend pass of $50 includes access to pits so you can meet the drivers and see the cars, level 1 in pits where the public bar will be located, access to the Museum over on the main terrace.

Sunday 7th April – your weekend pass of $50 includes access to pits so you can meet the drivers and see the cars, level 1 in pits where the public bar will be located, access to the Museum over on the main terrace.

To make a booking please click on this link to apply

Numbers are limited and it is first in first served.
I look forward to seeing you again in April.
Any questions give Paula Buchanan a call on 03 445 4052 or drop me an email on


For media accreditation at this event please click here to register your interest, on of our team will come back to you

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

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September 20, 2018

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