Do you have a free day between flights or want to fit some excitement into your layover? For the perfect treat for yourself or a gift for a petrol-head or lover of speed, try a drive experience at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park! What better way to experience Auckland than at a world-class facility, being looked after by a group of friendly, enthusiastic Aucklanders. There are a range of options for any age and any skill level and everyone is sure to have a blast at one of New Zealand’s premiere racing tracks. Ensure you check availability and book ahead of time to avoid disappointment (our Concierge team can help!).
A leisurely 40 minute drive along the motorway, follow the clearly-marked route from the Hampton Downs exit from the motorway and be welcomed onto the track by experienced, knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat while spectating or if you’re the lucky recipient, get ready for the ride of your life.
You’ll be briefed, geared up in full race gear and shown around the track by a qualified driver. When you’re ready and confident, you’ll be taking the wheel of a Formula Challenge V8 Holden or Ford. Guided by your instructor, you’ll learn about lines, speed and cornering – the fastest way to get around the track. The track has a number of challenging corners, plus a straight stretch that will let you really feel the power of the V8 engine in front of you.
At the end of the session, you’ll receive a certificate with your fastest lap time and a picture of you beside your chosen car. Visit the Formula Challenge website to find out more and book.
BMW and Audi driver training
Spend a day with a trained instructor, receiving professional tuition on advanced handling and driving techniques. A day sure to be both informative and fun, you’ll be on the track and sliding around on the purpose-built skid pad. See the Hampton Downs website for more information.
Freeman X Supercars
This is a truly unique opportunity to take the wheel of one or more exotic supercars! With three Lamborghinis, a Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Lotus, Mitsubishi Evolution and Mini Challenge race car, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You’ll start with a driver’s briefing then be taken by an experienced driver for a “sighting lap” to get a feel of the layout of the track before you take the wheel of your chosen car (or cars) visit the website.
Your instructor will ride with you and give you tips while you’re driving – when to brake, at what point to turn and when to shift gears if your car has a manual transmission. There is also the option to have a picture taken beside the car and have your drive videoed, so you can replay your experience again and again. Check out the Freeman X website to view the available cars and book your drive.
For younger participants or those without a full licence, you can still have a hair-raising experience at Hampton Downs. Hop into the passenger seat while an experienced driver takes you on an exhilarating trip around the track in a Formula Challenge V8 or Freeman X supercar.
Don’t forget to plan ahead and leave plenty of time to return, especially if you are catching a flight on the same day. The traffic on the Auckland motorway can sometimes become quite congested and cause delays in travel time.