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16 February, 2022 - Updated Last updated on
10 July, 2022

Posted by Marty | Spaceships Crew

It’s back. The WRC Rally of New Zealand is back. It’s been 8 years since the last time this amazing rally event took place in New Zealand. Drivers start your engines and fans start preparing your trip. Here’s all the info you need to know.

WRC Rally of New Zealand is an epic event. You don't want to miss the dirt flying, the cars speeding past or the heart-pounding excitement of this phenomenal event! Even if you're not a super fan or petrol head, experiencing the rally action at an event like the World Rally Championship is an amazing and unique experience.

Watch the best manufacturers and drivers come to New Zealand to find out who has the fastest cars on our roads. And not just on regular roads, the rally cars will battle it out on New Zealand’s gravel and dirt roads as well. New Zealand’s amazing scenery will take this event to the next level.

WRC Rally in New Zealand 2022

All details of the Rally of New Zealand can be found below. It’s the latest and most up-to-date info for this leg of the World Rally Championship world tour.

  • When: 29 September - 2 October 2022 
  • Where: stages to be announced…. The rally will be based in Auckland
  • What to expect: an awesome, unique, one-time event. For now, it’s a one-time event. You’ll enjoy fast-paced rally action on New Zealand’s gravel roads through amazing scenery. Check out the video below, it’ll show you shots from previous editions of the NZ rally…. Many moons ago.
  • Accommodation in Auckland: make sure to relax after a long international flight. Find good accommodation in Auckland and enjoy the city while taking it easy to recover from your jetlag. You don't want to oversleep and miss the rally action when you're on your rally road trip!

Auckland: centre of the rally action

The City of Sails also known as Auckland will be the base for the WRC Rally of New Zealand. Now, this exciting city will be even more amazing. If the planning is the same as in 2020, then Mt Smart Stadium will be the base for the event’s service park and rally village for the fans.

The service park at Viaduct Harbour is easy to reach, just lake the stages in the Auckland region. Pick up a campervan from the Spaceships Auckland depot and you're on your way to get close to the WRC rally action. 

In the days before and after the rally, there’s lots more to do and see in Auckland.

Finding the perfect campervan for the rally stages

You will be covering a diverse area during the four-day event. You can access the spectator areas easily enough, but you will need a vehicle. You will have to drive via gravel or dirt roads to reach some of the stages.

Spaceships campervans drive like a regular car and sleep like a campervan. All cooking & sleeping gear is included and you are allowed to drive on gravel and dirt roads. Just make sure to wash off the sand or mud before returning the campervan.

Have a look at our range of campervans and see why our compact campervans are the perfect vehicle to see the WRC rally action in 2022. The biggest advantage of travelling by Spaceships campervan when going to the WRC Rally stages is that all cooking gear is included. Make some coffee or whip up a quick meal to keep your own internal engine running.

Get an online quote for campervan hire and lock in the lowest price for your WRC Rally of New Zealand road trip.

The stages of the NZ World Rally Championship (WRC)

There are between four and six stages in the competition every day. Try to make it to two spectator points every day to be part of the excitement and watch the stages. You may be surprised how fast the cars go through the stages.

You want to come to the stages a minimum of an hour early to make sure to get the best spots, the ones closest to the action. And of course, because there are limited options for parking by the spectator areas. Give yourself enough time to make the drive.

More than one spectator has been late because their GPS sent them to one of the stages of the rally that was closed. Don't rely too much on your GPS, most stages are clearly marked. You will need time to deal with any traffic and get around the road closures. The last thing you want to do is have to rush.

Every spectator point gives you a lot of action as the cars fly by. Some of the spectator areas are more remote than others. You will have a much better time if you bring enough food and drinks to make it through the day.

As soon as the info about the stages for the 2022 Rally of New Zealand are released we’ll update this blog post. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the official WRC rally website or this fansite about Rally NZ to see the latest info and to get ready for the WRC Rally of New Zealand. 2022 will be an amazing year for petrol heads.

Rally of Whangarei

The WRC Rally of New Zealand is like the Rally of Whangarei, only bigger and better

Follow instructions from the spectator marshals

Staying behind the ropes at the stages and listening to the spectator marshals is important. You will be a part of an unpredictable but glorious sport. To get to some of the spectator areas, you will be crossing parts of the roadway forming portions of the rally stage. The spectator marshals will let you know when it's safe to cross. There can be issues with any of the cars during the rally. The only way you are guaranteed crossing is safe is when you listen to the instructions of the spectator marshals.

Get close to the rally action in New Zealand in 2022

Get ready for four days of heart-pounding action in different areas around Auckland. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You’ll never know whether the WRC will return for just one year or more often. For now, it’s a one-time deal.

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Experience the WRC Rally of New Zealand in 2022