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 2023 will commence with an opening ceremony commencing on Friday 12 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 2023 International Rally of Whangārei. The fast cambered roads of the Whangārei and Far North districts to the north of Whangārei will host for the 15th consecutive year a round of the 2023 FIA Asia Pacific Rally championship, the eight round series also visiting India, China and Japan with the finale in Indonesia.
The event is also the second round of the 2023 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.
In 2023 the APRC comprises 7 rounds including a grand finale:
|Japan||APRC Asia Cup/Pacific Cup||03-05 Feb|
|South India Rally||APRC Asia Cup||17-19 March|
|Rally Otago||APRC Pacific Cup||31-02 April|
|International Rally Whangarei||APRC Pacific Cup||12-14 May|
|Indonesia||APRC Asia Cup||22-23 September|
|Rally Longyou||APRC Asia Cup||27-29 October|
|Danau Toba Rally – Indonesia||APRC Pacific Cup + Finale||24-26 November|
The International Rally of Whangārei 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.