Race to the Sky



Next event: Easter 2007 (7-8 April)

Auto hill climbing is one of the oldest disciplines in motorsport and certainly one of the most challenging. The objective is clear: the fastest vehicle to the top of the hill wins.

Nobuhiro 'Monster' TajimaFor two days over Easter every year the Cardrona Valley, deep in the heartland of Central Otago, New Zealand, becomes a Mecca for motorsports enthusiasts. Spectators and national and international media converge at the base of the Waiorau Mountain Range to witness drivers compete for the fastest time over 15km of smooth gravel surface, 137 corners, climbing from 1,500 ft to 5,000 ft averaging a 1:11 gradient.

Brent Buist & Glenn BuistA temporary village springs up to cater for the 100+ competitors, their support crews and thousands of spectators. Many take advantage of the extensive range of accommodation in nearby Queenstown and Wanaka; others soak up the racing atmosphere by staying at the onsite camp ground.

Since 1998, the Race to the Sky has had all the special ingredients necessary to make the event a resounding success - competitive racing, changing of fortunes, big crowds, fantastic weather and one of the most uniquely captivating locations for a motorsport event. It is now firmly established in the international and national motorsport, and regional tourism calendar.


The Snow Farm, situated 45 minutes drive from Queenstown, New Zealand - international alpine resort, commonly referred to as 'adventure capital of the world' and 20 minutes drive from Lake Wanaka - one of the most picturesque townships and gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park. You can be assured of an extremely scenic journey to the Snow Farm from either of these towns.

Spectator Admission Tickets 2006

Gold Pass Day Pass

Includes gate entry, priority parking, complimentary Official Programme, access to VIP Hospitality marquee which provides complimentary beverages, morning and afternoon teas, 2-course gourmet buffet lunch and VIP grandstand seating directly overlooking the start line and rallysprint track.

  • Gold Pass (Adult 18 yrs & over): $125 per day
  • Gold Pass (Child 5 - 17 years): $60 per day
  • Under 5 years FREE.
  • Gold Passes must be pre-purchased.
  • Includes gate entry and all day parking.

Saturday 15th April

  • Adult: $35
  • School child: $10

Sunday 16th April

  • Adult: $35
  • School child: $10

Under 5 years FREE

Day passes available at the gate or !

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