The International Rally of Whangārei is part of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), one of the premier regional championships in world rallying and is contested by teams from New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Caledonia and Sweden running primarily Super2000, Group N, or production, rally cars.

The International Rally of Whangārei is organised by Rally of New Zealand.

The event for 2021 will commence with an opening ceremony commencing on Friday 14 May.  Eighteen (18) Special Stages over 260 kilometres on what are widely regarded as the world’s best gravel rally roads await competitors in the 2021 International Rally of Whangārei brought to you by Mark Cromie Motor Group. The fast cambered roads of the Whangārei and Far North districts to the north of Whangārei will host for the 14th consecutive year a round of the 2021 FIA Asia Pacific Rally championship, the eight round series also visiting Australia, India, China and Japan with the finale in Australia. 

The event is also the second round of the 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.

In 2021 the APRC comprises 7 rounds including a grand finale:

South India APRC Asia Cup 26-282 March
Rally of  Otago APRC Pacific Cup 16-18 April
Rally of Whangārei APRC Pacific Cup  14-16 May
Rally Hokkaido APRC Asia Cup 10-12 Sept
Adelaide Hills Rally APRC Pacific Cup 15-17 Oct
Rally Longyou  APRC Asia Cup 22-24 Oct
Coffs Coast Rally APRC Pacific Cup + Finale 20-21 Nov

The International Rally of Whangārei brought to you by Mark Cromie Motor Group incorporates the second round of the MotorSport New Zealand-sanctioned New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) where local teams can compete internally for NZRC points. Run as a subsidiary event it includes clubmans competitors, to incorporate those cars not compliant with the APRC international regulations. The Clubmans event also gives competitors with lower specification or older cars a way to compete in their own overall and class battles and be part of an international event without the cost of full international competition.

       

Rally of Whangarei

 
The FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) is one of the premier regional championships in world rallying and is contested by teams from New Zealand, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Malaysia, India, and New Caledonia running primarily Super2000, Group N, or production, rally cars.