If you are looking for the ultimate weekend cruise destination, then lock Hampton Downs into your GPS. This world class venue will surprise you. Change has been the recent theme at the north Waikato venue historically known for its motor racing circuit – now it boasts a new café and coffee roaster, an already famous outdoor go kart track, racing simulators, a very interesting car display, new Track Cruise & Skidpan experiences, the Bruce McLaren Heritage Centre, an information centre and Sunday’s come alive with regular car & bike shows.
Click HERE for info on Sunday Car & Bike Shows & Motorsport Events
On most Summer Sunday’s Hampton Downs will host a car or bike show – themed gatherings of all types of vehicles. Our feature event is Caffeine and Gasoline which takes place on the last Sunday of each month, 10am-1pm.
Sunday Event Calendar
November 25th – Caffeine and Gasoline, 10am-1pm. Owners of all types of cars will come together on the last Sunday of every month to show off their cars and talk about their automobiles over coffee. Caffeine and Gasoline is the sister event to the now famous Caffeine and Classics. All cars, enthusiasts and spectators welcome. Grab a coffee from Aoraki Coffee Roasters and talk everything cars! 10am-1pm. Join us on Facebook
This month’s Feature Display Cars in THE HUB.
The V8 Supercars of Greg Murphy and Shane van Gisbergen from the early 2000s.
TRACK EVENTS THIS NOVEMBER
Nov 3/4: Tough Mudder, Obstacle Course Run
Nov 10th: Hampton Downs HDMoto, motorcycle enthusiasts – FREE Entry
Nov 11th: Auckland Motorcycle Club, Round 2 – Gate Charge
Nov 17th: MOTUL 6 Hour, motorcycle racing – Gate Charge
Nov 18th: MOTUL 6 Hour, motorcycle racing – Gate Charge
Nov 24th: Historic Racing Club, 2k Cup Challenge – Gate Charge
Nov 25th: Historic Racing Club, 2k Cup Challenge – Gate Charge
Click HERE to see and book Track Activities
Lamborghini Hot Laps, Muscle Car Drive Experience, Family Lexus Safety Car rides, Go Karts, Race Simulators, Track Cruise and Skid Pan Experiences. There’s something for everyone at Hampton Downs.
TRACK CRUISE EXPERIENCE – Cruise a couple of laps of the racetrack behind our safety car with family and friends in the car with you. Available most weekends! Cost: $49 per car.
Click here for times and to book online or you can book at THE Hub Info Centre on the day (subject to availability).
SKIDPAN GYMKHANA EXPERIENCE – Get sideways in your own car on our wet skidpan. Cost: $49 per car for a 10 minute session. Passengers are allowed. Helmets are required – these can be hired from Hampton Downs. Available most weekends! Click here for times and to book online or you can book at THE Hub Info Centre on the day (subject to availability).
GO KARTS – Book a session on the now famous Hampton Downs Go Karts. Two track configurations, 270cc karts, tandem karts and Group/Party Rates. Click here to book a time
HOT LAPS AND DRIVE EXPERIENCES – Experience a thrill ride in the passenger seat of a Lamborghini Huracan or V8 SuperTourer! Get behind the wheel of a V8 Muscle Car. The four-person Lexus high speed Safety Car experience is the one for you and the whole family. Click to book and check availability
RACE SIMULATORS – Book a 10 minute session on the Simulators for $20 and race the Hampton Downs International Circuit in a GT3. Book at THE Hub Info Centre on the day.
Click HERE for McLaren Heritage Centre
MCLAREN HERITAGE CENTRE – This is a must see experience. The history of the legendary Bruce McLaren is showcased in a beautifully presented unit at Hampton Downs. Several cars are always on display along with a huge collection of memorabilia. $10 entry.
Weekend opening times are as follows: 10am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Click HERE for Café, Coffee Experience and Information Centre
THE HAMPTON DOWNS HUB: COFFEE & FOOD – Aoraki Café is now open 7 days at Hampton Downs and boasts a unique coffee roasting experience and award winning Baristas. They serve breakfast and lunch daily from 8am-4pm. Check out the iconic car display and Toyota Racing Series live workshop. Click here to see menu and book ahead of your visit. Phone (09) 9309207 to book.
AORAKI COFFEE EXPERIENCE
Enjoy an introduction to the art of basic coffee roasting. Taste the different beans and learn about the origins of the coffee. You will then get to taste various blends and try your hand at Latte coffee art. You will take away some interesting insights and more than likely a blend of your favourite beans! $35 per person. Available at 2pm every Sunday. Allow one hour. Call (09) 280 6555 to book.
THE HUB CAR DISPLAY: This month’s Feature Display Cars are on display in THE HUB. The V8 Supercars of Greg Murphy and Shane Van Gisbergen from the early 2000s.
LIVE TOYOTA RACING WORKSHOP: From the HUB Cafe you can see directly into the home of the Toyota Racing Series, a live workshop environment where a 20 strong field of open wheeler international racing cars and prepared for the annual five round championship alongside the Toyota 86 Series cars.
GATEWAY TO THE WAIKATO INFORMATION CENTRE: If you are heading South for a road trip or holiday let the friendly staff at the Hampton-I help plan your trip. They also sell mementos, memorabilia and apparel. Click for Hampton-I Website