Vrooom vroom vrooooooom
New Zealand honey is very famous in the world. Honey collected from flowers of the indigenous Manuka tree is especially well known for clearing up bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) which live in our stomach causing ulcers. Makers of Manuka honey cannot keep up with the demand.
So bees are very busy making noise vroom vroom vroom in the forest and flower fields - like the sound of a rally car.
New Zealand is set far from any other country tucked in the southern ocean but we host many international sports events. Such as the Rugby World Cup last year, America's Cup in the past, canoe competitions and many more sporting events.
One important event is the World Rally Championship which visits 13 countries in a year to decide the winner, which is now in Auckland. It is called the Brother Rally of New Zealand 2012.
|Drivers from overseas enjoy some of the Auckland attractions prior to the serious rallying competition|
What is "Rallying"? Each competitor drives a car as fast as possible on normal gravel roads which are closed off to the public for safety. There are often dangerous cliffs, ford crossings, twisty blinded corners which are driven in excess of more than 100 km/h sliding sideways. New Zealand has a lot of unsealed gravel road around the country. Young kids often start practicing rallying on their own farm land. It is not uncommon that once they grow up, they enter into proper rallying races.
|A parade was organized by the host city and you can get close to cars from around the world.|
The first year New Zealand was selected to host the World Rally Championship in 1977. Since then, there are many rallying events organized locally throughout the country and has became popular. It is now a common sports men and women can both enjoy. Some of our tourist operators can provide you a ride-of-your-lifetime hairy scary experience in a rally car if you are interested.
|The cars were very beautiful and in a way clean but over the next few days there will be dents, dirt or even a write-off|
The skill of each driver is so called "Gods hand", they can drive through blind bends helped by the navigator who sits in the passenger seat and relays corners to a driver and what to do via intercom.
|Drifting through a corner against Tasman sea||first attempt by Mini pass corner||typical back country dirt we have|
Some rally fans visit overseas to watch this exciting event, Aucklanders can enjoy it at their door step.
It is called Super Special Stage which sets in the middle of the Auckland downtown park - the Domain, where more than 20,000 spectators attended. They come early to find the best position to watch the race. Close enough to smell tires burning and screaming, exhaust sound and petrol fume, sliding and drifting...wow now that's rallying!
|only very few meters away from spectators||everyone enjoys watching||sound and vibrations hit your body|
Last race in May was in Greece, this time is in Auckland, and they move to Finland for another race in August. Well if you are keen on rallying and want to know the results visit www.rallynz.org
New Zealand can offer you a beautiful gravel dirt road if you want to film a 4WD running through green rolling hills. If you want to make a TV commercial with such a back drop together with our experienced staff and equipment including camera-car, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We amateur drivers should enjoy tar sealed roads like this one