The Toyota Festival is coming to the South Island - registrations open

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Are you ready for the sheer excitement, and track-based brilliance of the annual Toyota Festival? If you love speed, super-hot Toyotas and the sound of tyres on tarmac, this is your must-attend event of the summer.

The annual Toyota Festival is back, and for the first time ever down South. It’s bigger than ever before - all it needs now is YOU.

This fun filled event is packed with on and off-track thrills and excitement, making it an unmissable day out for any Toyota enthusiast with a burning desire for speed.


  • WHERE: Highlands Motorsport Park, Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Cromwell 9342.
  • WHEN: Friday 18 March until Sunday 20 March 2016.
  • WHO: You, and an exclusive group of Toyota owners and enthusiasts.

With entertainment for the entire family, this weekend promises to be packed with competitions, track displays and driving, display vehicles and cool giveaways - A must for all Toyota enthusiasts.

Here is some incentive from last year. This year is the big draw card for the off roaders - the chance to hit the dirt!

Here is a run down of all of the great things going on over the weekend. 

Hilux Cave and Welcome - Friday evening

Visit New Zealand’s National Motorsport Museum, take a trip down memory lane with a unique Toyota Hilux presentation, and enjoy an exclusive evening with Toyota New Zealand and special guests – A must for Toyotas biggest fans.
There will be giveaways and spot prizes to be won, including Highlands Supercar Fast Dash rides!
COST: $40 per person - includes a welcome drink and finger food. Registration required.
TIME: 5.30pm – 9.30pm.

Take to the Track - Saturday

Track Session*:

Got a Toyota? Want to take it off road or try it out on the track? Here’s your opportunity to drive your Toyota on New Zealand’s newest race circuit, Highlands Motorsport Park. We’ve got a little something for everyone including a challenging 4kms of undulating, tight and flowing track.
COST: Track sessions $150 for 4x 15 minutes. Registration Required, limited places available.
TIMING: Full GT circuit between 9.00am – 5.30pm.
Track rules and Terms and Conditions to be supplied on registration.

Off-Road Session:

Take your Toyota 4x4 on the medium skill off-road course. The local 4x4 club members will be on hand to give advice on technique and skills to complete the course in confidence.
COST: $20. Registration Required.
TIMING: Unlimited times through the course. 9.00am – 5.30pm. Gates open 7.30am.


Learn from the best - Saturday

Take the opportunity to learn from experienced circut drivers and Highlands Motorsport Park resident professional driver. The free classroom sessions will take you through the lines and the correct way of driving to achieve a flowing lap.
COST: Free. Registration required.
TIMING: Throughout the day.


Show & Shine Competition - Saturday

If you’ve got an amazing Toyota 4x4, car or SUV, then you could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes in the Show & Shine competition. All types of cars are welcome, whether it’s an impeccably-detailed rebuild, quarter-mile demon or highly-tuned track weapon – any age, model and style can enter - as long as it's a Toyota.
Categories will be based on vehicle age, and prizes range from best ute to best under construction.
COST: Free. Registration required. Show & Shine entry sticker available for pick-up from the gate.
TIMING: Gates open 7.30am. Show & Shine judging starts at 9am. Winners announced at 2pm.


Bring your Toyota - Saturday

Own a Toyota, but just want to come and watch? Let us know you're coming, then turn up in your Toyota on the day, collect your Toyota Festival sticker from the gate, park it up and be into win great spot prizes.
All vehicles are invited for a familiarisation lap on the track. Make sure to line up on the track for the festival photo down the main straight.
COST: Free. Registration required. Toyota Festival entry sticker available for pick-up from the gate.
TIMING: Gates open 7.30am. Show & Shine judging at 9am. Winners announced at 2pm.


Toyota 4x4 Adventure Day - Sunday

Come and explore some of Central Otago’s landscapes in your 4x4, discover breath taking views and be a part of the inaugural Toyota 4x4 Adventure Day
These tracks roll amongst the rocks and hilltops of the country side. You will be lead by an All New 2016 Hilux and members of the local 4WD club.
COST: $75 price per driver (includes lunch) Additional passengers cost $25 per person (includes lunch). Registration required (Limited places available).
VEHICLE: All-Terrain tyres required as minimum. Winch and recovery equipment is not essential. Confident drivers only (medium level experience).
TIMING: Leave Highlands Motorsport park at 10am and head towards a mystery location (announced later). 4 hour round trip with a stop mid-way for some refreshments.


This is going to be an epic event and a memorable weekend - so make an adventure of it and get a crew together and head down.