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The Coromandel to host NZ Rally Championship

06 June 2018

Rev up for 18 August when the Coromandel will play host to a round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.

NZ Rally Coromandel 2018

HQ for the Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel will be the Mercury Bay Multi-Sports Park in Whitianga. The competition will take place over 135km of forestry and Council roads across the northern half of the district.

The proposed route takes in Tapu-Coroglen Rd, the 309 Rd and Port Charles Rd, and will involve some road closures on 18 August.

Our Council is working with Rally NZ and the local communities along the proposed route to discuss the plan and provide information to residents.

Community groups will have a chance to raise funds by providing food for drivers and crews, or by acting as marshalls for the event.

"We're really excited to be hosting the rally again, and all the drivers and crews who come for the weekend to take part," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

"Last year we had about 60 drivers and their crews, plus all the visitors who come to watch. It's a great opportunity for community groups to raise funds and it's great to see how people get behind this event."

This year's line-up of drivers hasn't been announced yet.

As in previous rally events, spectators are welcome to view the cars and crews up close at the rally HQ at the Mercury Bay Multi-Sports Park.

More information is on the NZ Rally Championship website.

Proposed road closures:

Port Charles Road, Waikawau Road, Tuateawa Road and Kennedy Bay Road.
All of Port Charles Road from the intersection of Port Jackson and Colville roads
and including all of Waikawau Beach Road,
and including all of Tuateawa Road,
and including all of Kennedy Bay Road to house number 1424.
The period  of the closure: 7:00am to 2:30pm.
Cars will be travelling from Port Charles to Kennedy Bay.

The 309 Road
From the Waterworks gate to house number 1715.
The period of the closure:  7:45am to 5:45pm
Cars will be travelling from the Waterworks to Whitianga.

Tapu-Coroglen  Road
From house number 436 Tapu-Coroglen Road to the intersection with SH25 at Coroglen.
The period of the closure: 9:00am to 4:45pm.
Cars will be travelling from Coroglen to Tapu.

Joan Gaskell Drive
From the intersection of SH25 to the intersection with Kupe Drive.
The period of the closure: 2:45pm to 7:00pm.

Blacksmith Lane
From the intersection of Albert Street to The Esplanade.
The period of the closure:- 3:00pm to 7:30pm.

Click on the map below to open a larger version:

Gold Rush Rally 2018 map