Registration day at the TSB Stadium. Time to relax to meet friends in the afternoon with a BBQ evening meal. At twilight or any night you wish, take a stroll through the adjoining Pukekura Park and view the magnificent Festival of Lights which is an annual summer feature in the beautiful forested surrounds.
On each of the motoring days (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) your day will start from either Devon Street East or Devon Street West and have the option of a short or a long run. As we don’t want to disrupt early traffic, no vehicles will leave from the TSB Stadium (racecourse) in the morning. There is no set time to depart from New Plymouth (morning) each day. However, you will be given a time when you will need to be at the lunch stop/ destination as well as an estimated travel time.
We have deliberately introduced flexible start times so that you have time if you want to stop and admire any of the attractions along the way.
As the crow flies Tikorangi is not far from New Plymouth, however you will not be travelling as the crow flies. The lunch stop at Tikorangi will allow you to meet old friends, make new friends and enjoy this part of Taranaki. A very scenic drive taking in the magnificent new Rewa Rewa and historical Bertrand bridges plus the Tarata Tunnel.
Along the way you will learn about some local history including the Māori Wars, and the Oil and Gas industry.
The afternoon is a reasonably short run back to New Plymouth, where you will finish at the TSB Stadium and light refreshments will be available.
This is an optional event. The competitive aspect is timing only. There will be separate routes for the following classes of vehicles. Veteran, Vintage, Post Vintage, Post War. P60’s, P80’s, Motorcycles and Commercials. The starting points for these routes are separate and will be from places of interest.
These routes will be unique to the Competitive Day and will not traverse the other motoring day runs.
If you prefer, you can have a rest day today or take time out to enjoy the sites of Taranaki.
The coastal town of Opunake is our destination and lunch stop. We are hoping that the main street will be closed for us to park our vehicles, although as this is the main highway, the road closure has yet to be confirmed.
From Opunake we head back to New Plymouth via some very unique historical sights, Parihaka and the East Cape lighthouse, the Oaonui on shore Natural Gas site plus the magnificent Pukeiti garden or the Korver Molloy art Gallery in the old Okato Cheese factory.
There are three routes today. Stratford is the destination for the short and medium routes. For the more motorable vehicles, the independent Republic of Whangamomona is the place for you and will afford you the longest day’s motoring you will have. Today, while you have time to see the sights, its not a day to dawdle as at the end of this day we have something different for you, a Street Party in Inglewood .
We are thrilled to have had the Inglewood First group approach us to host us for this event.
They have a long history in this format of event and have done so annually for many years. The main street will be closed, marquees set up for refreshments and food. Other attractions include live entertainment and photo opportunities. This will be a memorable night, a great opportunity to promote our club, and something you will remember and talk about for many years.
Hawera is the southernmost destination. Your run to Hawera will give you some options to see different attractions along the way, Stratfords Glockenspiel, Dawson Falls or Normanby’s fabulous Tawhiti Museum. Hawera is our lunch stop and the main street will be closed for us to park or cars and support the local shops.
The afternoon covers a wide variety of terrain. Some of this is quite hilly and so there are alternative routes to accommodate lower powered vehicles.
Be back in New Plymouth in time to spruce up, ready for the Festival Finale.
Note: There are some gravel roads along these Routes. Where we can we have given alternative sealed options.