Rally cars and enthusiasts invade Rodney during the 42nd Brother Rally New Zealand on June 21 to 24.
It's also the seventh round of the FIA World Rally Championships, so many top international crews will be in action. Kiwi fans will see eight-time world champion Sebastien Loeb and new team-mate Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen in the Citroen DS3 world rally cars for the first time here.
The rally is based in Auckland and takes in mainly rural roads between Auckland, Whangarei and Raglan.
These include new stages through Puhoi to Makarau on June 24, and drives through Ahuroa, Kaukapakapa and Helensville.
The Pukekohe Car Club and Rally New Zealand also run a subsidiary event, the Possum Bourne Memorial Rally, for local competitors.
That includes a one-day Trophy Rally on June 23. New Zealand's own world rally champions Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are competing too.
A new MotorExpo and FanZone will operate inside rally headquarters at the Viaduct Events Centre where entry is free.
It includes vehicle displays and interactive entertainment such as a virtual Brother Cup rally car driving competition.
Fans can watch the only big screen television showing live rally footage.
A free rally family day is at the centre on June 17, 10am-4pm. It's the first time Kiwi rally fans can meet their favourite drivers.
Autographs are provided from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Competitors then complete their reconnaissance of the rally route for two-and-a-half days before the event officially gets under way at a ticketed welcome function on June 21.
A rally parade is planned down Queen St on June 21 from 4.30pm and another driver autograph session is outside the North Wharf restaurants off Jellicoe St at 4.45pm.
Many spectator viewing areas are also available. They range in cost from $75 for a three-day pass to prime sites, to $20 for adult day passes
A free Auckland Domain super special stage is on June 24 before the ceremonial finish at 3.30pm near the Viaduct Events Centre.
Visit rallynz.org.nz for information.
A rally shakedown and qualifying starts from Rautawhiri Park in Helensville at 10.15am and covers Inland Rd. The road is closed for reconnaissance on June 18 from 4pm-5pm and on June 21 from 7.30am-11.30am.
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