Pukekohe Park Raceway (Pukekohe)

Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand

Although Pukekohe Park Raceway is better known internationally as a motor racing circuit, it is primarily a horse racing circuit in New Zealand. It is located 40kilometres (24.9mi) south of Auckland City in the North Island.

It was opened in 1963 as a permanent track, replacing Ardmore (an aerodrome) as the host circuit of the NZ Grand Prix. Annually for several years, the mainly European based Grand Prix drivers such as Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart, would head 'down under' for a relaxed 'Tasman' series during the European winter.

The circuit is currently 2.841kilometres (1.8mi) long, having been shortened from its original combined 3.5kilometres (2.2mi) length when combined with the now defunct club circuit. It is seen as one of the fastest of all southern hemisphere circuits with the lap record at around 55 seconds and a very long back straight leading into a 50km/h (31mph) hairpin.

In the centre of the circuit there is a horse racing course, which dictates the use of the site as it owned by the Counties Racing Club Inc, who have not invested a large amount of money in the motor racing track over the years and many would say that this is leading to its slow demise, even though the club holds very few horse race meetings each year, but it it is used as a stables and training facility.

Recently the Counties Racing Club have purchased the motor racing track back from the previous owners in a multi million dollar deal. With major development on Counties Racing Club owned Land and on site businesses (e.g a horse training facility and function centre) the facilities are improving with major resealing of driveways and major refurbishments of Grandstands and Tracks.

The car racing track is rated FIA grade 3.