The most challenging endurance race in the southern hemisphere – an event that challenges drivers to complete the equivalent of a Bathurst enduro without once driving on tarmac – is on again.
With a new organising team, the NZ1000 is on the move to an all-new course near Atiamuri on the central volcanic plateau south of Tokoroa.
The NZ1000 race weekend has been set down for September 8-10 this year.
Racers must complete 11 laps each day of a fast 46 km course in Atiamuri Forest, 28km south of Tokoroa and 34km northwest of Taupo.
The race runs every second year and regularly attracts grids of 80 or more vehicles with entries coming from all parts of New Zealand and often from overseas. Tauranga’s Ben Thomasen won the most recent ‘ 1000’ in 2015 in a Polaris RZR 1000.
The race always brings out four wheel drive ‘ truck’ class entries in huge numbers – in some cases almost half the entry is comprised of trucks.
Circuit owner Tony Quinn competing in the NZ1000 in 2015.