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Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park is located in the Waikato and is the northern most circuit in New Zealand. Hampton Downs is one of NZ’s newest circuits, first being opened in 2009 before significant renovations and expansions in 2016.

Website:  www.hamptondowns.com
Contact: admin@hamptondowns.com
Address: 20 Hampton Downs Road, Waikato

Hampton Downs International Circuit
Length: 4.0km
Turns: 10
FIA Grade: 3
National Grade: 1

Hampton Downs National Circuit
Length: 2.63km
Turns: 6
FIA Grade: National Grade 1

Hampton Downs Club Circuit (Not Pictured)
Length: 1.2km
Turns: 5
FIA Grade: National Grade 2


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International Circuit

Duration of RaceAll Saloon, Historic & GT CarsAll Single Seaters & Open Wheelers
Up to 1 hour4738
Over 1 and up to 2 hours54
Over 2 and up to 4 hours59
Over 4 and up to 12 hours66
Over 12 hours71

National Circuit

Duration of RaceAll Saloons, GT & Historic CarsAll Single Seaters & Open Wheelers
Up to 1 hour4638
Over 1 and up to 2 hours46
Over 2 and up to 4 hours50
Over 4 and up to 12 hours56
Over 12 hours60

Club Circuit

Duration of RaceAll Saloons, GT & Historic CarsAll Single Seaters & Open Wheelers
Up to 1 hour2319

Circuit History

Hampton Downs is a motorsport park in Waikato, New Zealand, which was founded by Tony Roberts and Chris Watson. They purchased two dairy farms from Envirowaste in 2003 and began the process of getting resource consent to build the motorsport park. Funding was secured through the sale of 80 trackside apartments, which were a new and untested concept in the market.

The track was completed in 2009, but due to a particularly wet winter, the opening was pushed out to October 2010.

In 2015, Tony Quinn purchased the complex and immediately began work on expanding the facilities. The expansion included the construction of hospitality suites above the pits, a corporate karting circuit, a business park, business apartments with seven-car garages, and a cafe. The Bruce McLaren Trust also has an industrial unit at Hampton Downs, which houses a large collection of memorabilia from the famous New Zealand racing driver and originator of the McLaren F1 team. The collection can be viewed most days.

Hampton Downs is technologically advanced, with complete integration between race control, start lights, flag point lights, pit lane lights, CCTV system, timing systems, environmental sound monitoring, pit lane speed monitoring, and large outdoor LED information displays. Most day-to-day operations are now fully automated, including a vehicle safety system that monitors all vehicles on the track and alerts the operator within 30 seconds if a vehicle stops on the track.

The track hosts a range of events throughout the year, including track days, corporate events, and major motorsport events such as the New Zealand Grand Prix. In 2020, Hampton Downs was scheduled to host the Supercars Championship’s Auckland Super400, but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, Hampton Downs remains one of the most popular motorsport venues in New Zealand, and its modern facilities have made it a major draw for both amateur and professional drivers alike.