The Targa Tour was created to allow people to drive their road registered cars through closed roads, in a safe, structured environment and in a manner and speed not allowed on the open road.
Drivers get the chance to see and experience some of the best roads in the world, without the pressure of competition. They travel along the same route as the Competition vehicle including the closed road sections at speed on both sides of the road, It’s amazing!
The Targa Tour is for people who want to drive on spectacular winding roads and experience their car the way it was intended to be driven by the manufactures in an exciting and social atmosphere!
The Tour is led by an experienced Tour Leader and supported by several mid-point Tour drivers, who are there to assist your driving pleasure and match you up with like-minded Tour participants.
Targa Tour FAQs
You can use any car, it just needs to be road registered and have a current WOF. It is highly recommended that you have new or near new tyres and brake pads, a recent service and a minimum of Third party vehicle insurance.
There are two speed groups. The Limited Tour caters for speeds of up to 130kph and you don’y need to wear a helmet (but we still recommend it) and the Open Tour which is limited to 160kph (and you must wear a helmet). Each group has a lead vehicle and additional management vehicle every 10 cars, so you can find a group that suits your pace. It is a lot of fun driving through the closed road sections on the wrong side of the road.
Yes, to do the Targa Tour, you do need a co-driver at all times. You can share the driving or not, it is up to you and both of you will need a full civil drivers licence regardless.
Not much really, as long as you speak the same language. You will be in the car for long periods of time, so a friend is the best option. The road book is easy to follow and we can supply a sample road book on request. Both of you will need to have at least a Motorsport NZ M-Grade licence which we can help you get. Please contact the office for help.
The Targa Tour caters for all vehicles be it a Historic, Classic and Sports Cars, including GT and special interest cars. If you own a modern sports, classic or historic car and looking for a place to enjoy it, then please get in touch with us and we will help you to enjoy the Targa Tour experience in your pride and joy!
The Tour officials will explain the road book so you understand the instructions to ensure you navigate the course safely and maximize the enjoyment. It is recommended to fit a Brantz(auxiliary trip) meter (Monit is the preferred unit) to accurately record distances between instructions so you can really enjoy the road and ensure you are aware the potential hazards.
So what are you waiting for come and join us for this exciting experience around the North Island of New Zealand. Don’t hesitate!