Aerial shot of Pukekohe Park taken in July 2016.

Pukekohe Park is a horse racing, motor racing, and community events facility located in Pukekohe, New Zealand, approximately 40 km (25 mi) south of the Auckland CBD, in the Auckland Region of the North Island. The venue, owned by Counties Racing Club Inc. is used seven days a week for horse training, driver training, motor sport events, cycling and various events and functions.


The Raceway was opened in 1963 as a permanent track, replacing Ardmore (an aerodrome) as the host circuit of the New Zealand Grand Prix. Annually for several years, the mainly European based Grand Prix drivers such as Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart, would head downunder for a relaxed Tasman Series during the European winter.

For many years Pukekohe was the venue for New Zealand's premier production car race, the Benson and Hedges 500 mile race (later 1000 km) featuring drivers such as Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Jim Richards. In 1996 the New Zealand Mobil Sprints held one round in Pukekohe. Pukekohe Park Raceway also held an annual round of the popular Australian V8 Supercar race from 2001 to 2007. However, the New Zealand round moved to Hamilton Street Circuit in 2008. On 5 July 2012, it was announced that V8 Supercars would return to the circuit in 2013 as part of a 5-year deal with the circuit operators following a series of upgrades to accommodate for the series' return.

The changes to the track included a series of corners before the hairpin turn, meaning safer, slower races.[2] The upgrades also included a new race control building, timing building and corporate viewing facility opposite the main grandstand as well as the addition of overhead pedestrian bridges.[3]

In the centre of the circuit there is a thoroughbred training centre, which dictates the use of the site as it owned by the Counties Racing Club Inc. The club is host to 14 horse race meetings a year and is used six days a week as a stables and training facility.

On 20 July 2022, Pukekohe Park announced that it would cease hosting motorsport events on 3 April 2023, citing a desire to focus on its horse racing events and club facilities.[4][5]

Layout History

New Zealand Grand Prix

The New Zealand Grand Prix has been held at Pukekohe on 29 occasions, the first being in 1963, and the last to date being held in 2000. Between 1964 and 1975, the NZ Grand Prix at the circuit was also a round of the Tasman Series. Winners of the NZ Grand Prix at Pukekohe include Kiwis Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, Craig Baird, and Paul Radisich, internationals such as Australian Frank Gardner, Italian Teo Fabi, and Brazilian Roberto Moreno, as well as Formula One World Champions John Surtees, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Keke Rosberg (Rosberg's wins in 1977 and 1978 were before his World Championship win in 1982).

Year Driver Car Entrant
1963 United Kingdom John Surtees Lola Mk4 Bowmaker-Yeoman Credit Team
1964 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper T170 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
1965 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham BT11A Scuderia Veloce
1966 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM P261 Owen Racing Organisation
1967 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM P261 R.H.H. Parnell
1968 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 246T Chris Amon
1969 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 246T Scuderia Veloce
1970 Australia Frank Matich McLaren M10A Rothmans Team Matich
1971 Australia Niel Allen McLaren M10A N.E. Allen Auto Indust. (Pty) Ltd
1972 Australia Frank Gardner Lola T300 Lola Cars Ltd
1973 Australia John McCormack Elfin MR5 Ansett Team Elfin
1975 Australia Warwick Brown Lola T332 BDS Racing
1976 New Zealand Ken Smith Lola T332 Ken Smith
1977 Finland Keke Rosberg Chevron B34 Fred Opert Racing
1978 Finland Keke Rosberg Chevron B34
1979 Italy Teo Fabi March 79B
1980 New Zealand Steve Millen Ralt RT1
1981 New Zealand Dave McMillan Ralt RT1
1982 Brazil Roberto Moreno Ralt RT4 Goold Motorsport
1983 New Zealand David Oxton Ralt RT4
1984 United States Davy Jones Ralt RT4
1985 United States Ross Cheever Ralt RT4
1986 United States Ross Cheever Ralt RT4
1987 United States Davy Jones Ralt RT4
1988 New Zealand Paul Radisich Ralt RT4
1989 United States Dean Hall Swift Cosworth
1990 New Zealand Ken Smith Swift Cosworth
1991 New Zealand Craig Baird Swift Toyota
2000 New Zealand Andy Booth Reynard 94D NRC International

Supercars Championship

View from Ford Mountain during the 2006 V8 Supercars Round

In 2008 the Supercars Championship round in New Zealand moved to the Hamilton Street Circuit so Pukekohe held its final event on the weekend of 20–22 April 2007. In 2013 Supercars returned to Pukekohe after the Auckland government confirmed that stakeholders would put $6.6 million into making the circuit more suitable for Supercars. These upgrades include a new chicane on the back straight, more pedestrian bridges and a makeover of the circuit's appearance.

Lap records

  • Outright Lap Record – 59.073s by Glenn Smith, Crawford DP03-Porsche in TradeZone GTRNZ GT1. Set on 01/04/2018.
  • Outright Lap Record (Old Layout) – 52.139s by Glenn Smith, Crawford DP03-Porsche in TradeZone GTRNZ GT1. Set on 09/12/2018.
Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Grand Prix Circuit: 2.910 km (2013–2023)
DP New Zealand Glenn Smith Crawford DP03 0:59.073 1 April 2018
TRS New Zealand Liam Lawson Tatuus FT-60 0:59.995[6] 9 February 2020
Supercars Australia Jamie Whincup Holden ZB Commodore 1:02.3719[7] 15 September 2019
Formula 4 Australia Ryan Suhle Mygale M14-F4 1:06.4810[8] 4 November 2018
Toyota 86 Championship New Zealand Ash Blewett Toyota 86 1:14.970[9] 8 November 2015
Grand Prix Circuit: 2.820 km (1967–2012)
DP New Zealand Glenn Smith Crawford DP03 0:52.139 9 December 2018
Formula Holden New Zealand Matt Halliday Reynard 95D 0:53.587 2 December 2000
Supercars New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VZ Commodore 0:56.0781[10] 16 April 2005
Formula 5000 Australia Frank Matich McLaren M10B 0:56.700 9 January 1971
Formula One Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus 49T 0:58.900 4 January 1969
Original Grand Prix Circuit: 3.540 km (1963–1966)
Formula One United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM P261 1:25.700 8 January 1966


  1. ^ Pukekohe Park Raceway's Grade 3 licence expired 1 August 2022.


  1. ^ a b c "Pukekohe - Motorsport Magazine". Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Pukekohe V8s to feature four races". 3 News NZ. 25 October 2012. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Pukekohe V8s to get $6.6 million revamp". 15 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  4. ^ "ATR announces next step in future-planning". Pukekohe Park. 20 July 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  5. ^ Auckland's Pukekohe Park Pulling Pin on Supercars Auto Action 20 July 2022
  6. ^ "2020 Castrol Toyota Racing Series Race 19 - Race (25 Laps) started at 16:59:57" (PDF). Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  7. ^ "2019 Supercars Pukekohe Race 2 Statistics". Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  8. ^ "2018 ITM Auckland SuperSprint - Supercars Pukekohe Park Raceway CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship - Race 3". Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  9. ^ "2015-2016 Toyota Finance 86 Championship Session Results 8 Nov 15 Pukekohe Sunday Race 2" (PDF). Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  10. ^ "2005 Placemakers V8 International #1". Retrieved 17 August 2022.

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