Rally New Zealand is the longest-running world championship event in both New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere.

The rally was first included as a round of the World Rally Championship in 1977. Since then its status has grown internationally, with the 2001 event being awarded the WRC Rally of the Year award.

Rally New Zealand News & Updates

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Nov 8
Nov 8

Paddon appointed official ambassador for Rally New Zealand

  New Zealand rally hero and Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon has been appointed the official ambassador for Rally New Zealand as the local organising team increase their focus on a return of the New Zealand event to the World Rally Championship calendar.   The partnership announced today by Rally New Zealand chairman Peter Johnston, […]

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Dec 18
Dec 18

World Rally return for Kiwis

With New Zealand’s leading rally driver Hayden Paddon announcing confirmation yesterday of his return to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2015, the organisers of Rally New Zealand are excited at the prospect of having a Kiwi driver battling for outright honors on home soil when the World Rally Championship returns to New Zealand roads […]

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A Historical Look at Rally New Zealand

A quick snapshot of some of the milestones @ Rally New Zealand over the 37 years.
  • 2017

    Rally New Zealand is back in the 2017 World Rally Championship.

    With the prospect of being back in the calendar, the team @ RallyNZ are excited to be hosting the worlds biggest motorsport event here in New Zealand, in 2017.

  • 2012

    Brother Rally New Zealand 2012

    The last running of WRC New Zealand with Sébastien Loeb winning the event from Mikki Hirvonen and Petter Solberg. NZ's first driver home was Hayden Paddon in a Škoda Fabia S2000 from Richard Mason and Emma Gilmour 3rd Kiwi.

  • 2007

    Closest Finish in WRC

    Finns Marcus Gronholm and co-driver Timo Rautiainen, took Sainz's crown as the most successful driver in Rally New Zealand history when he beat Sebastién Loeb by 0.3 seconds to claim an exciting victory with the closest winning margin in the history of the WRC to 2007.

  • 1995

    Colins Triple Crown

    Next came the reign of Scotsman the late Colin McRae and co-driver Derek Ringer, and the rise of Subaru. McRae won in 1993 and 1994 before emulating Sainz with a third successive win in 1995 and his WRC title in 1995.

  • 1992

    Carlos Wins 3 In a Row

    Carlos Sainz, and co-driver Luis Moya, of Spain who won for the first time in 1990. Sainz was the first driver to successfully defend his title in 1991 and went on to grab a hat-trick in 1992. All three titles were at the wheel of the Toyota Celica GT-4.

  • 1986

    End of an Era

    The last of the GrpB cars to win Rally New Zealand was Juha Kankkunen in a Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2 at an average speed of 99.67 km/h.

  • 1977

    World Rally Championship in 1977

    Rally New Zealand was first included as a round of the World Rally Championship in 1977 and the winner was Fulvio Bacchelli driving a Fiat 131 Abarth.

  • 1971

    The Heatway International Rally

    ... was the first to be accorded international status and attracted 67 entries, with 15 from outside New Zealand. For the first time an overseas team, Australia's Bruce Hodgson and co-driver Mike Mitchell, scored a narrow victory in their Lotus Cortina from the Holden Torana GTR XU1 of New Zealand's Ralph Emson and co-driver Wayne Jones.

  • 1970

    1970 Silver Fern Rally

    It was organised by the Canterbury Car Club and run in the South Island with a total of 67 entries.

  • 1969

    Rally NZ started in 1969

    It was won by Grady Thompson and co-driver Rick Rimmer in a V8 powered Holden Monaro. Of the 33 starters in Taupo, 22 were classed as finishers.

Drivers Who've Dominated Our Event.

Most wins by a driver
:: Marcus Gronholm ::
Most wins by a manufacturer
:: Subaru/Prodrive ::
Highest Winning Speed
:: 2003 Marcus Gronholm ::
Slowest Winning Speed
:: 1988 Josef Haider ::