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Media Release
14 August 2014
For immediate release



Countdown to VINZ Rally NZ

In just a little over a week the VINZ Coromandel Goldrush Rally of NZ comes to The Coromandel.

The VINZ Goldrush Rally of NZ is a nationally televised event providing opportunities for our local businesses and The Coromandel to shine.

With over 65 rally cars participating, 520 support crew and their families, plus the organising team volunteers, and two TV3 production crews totalling over 200 along with spectators, we're going to have an influx of people into and around Whitianga.

To celebrate and help our visitors have a great weekend, we're working with the Mercury Bay Business Association to kick start the event with a Street Party on Friday 22 August.

Blacksmith Lane (the official start gate of the Rally) will be closed to traffic for a period of time on Friday afternoon/evening and Rally NZ is organising cars and competitors to park providing everyone the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars and signing session with the stars.


The other road closures to take note of:

Blacksmith Lane, starting at the intersection with Albert Street and finishing 250m from Albert Street. Period of proposed closure: 3.00pm 22nd August to 8.00pm 22nd August

Tapu-Coroglen Road, starting at the 3.9kms from State Highway 25 (Tapu end), and finishing at State Highway 25 (Coroglen end). Period of proposed closure: 7.50am, 23rd August to 3.50pm 23rd August

The 309 Road, starting at 1.3kms from State Highway 25 (Coromandel end), and finishing at 4.5kms from State Highway 25 (Coromandel end). Period of proposed closure: 6.30am 23rd August to 9.30am 23rd August

The 309 Road, starting at 4kms from State Highway 25 (Coromandel end), and finishing at 21kms from State Highway 25 (Coromandel end). Period of proposed closure: 6.30am 23rd August to 4.00pm 23rd August

Joan Gaskell Drive, starting at State Highway 25, and finishing 1.2km from State Highway 25. Period of proposed closure: 1.00pm 23rd August to 6.00pm 23rd August

During the proposed periods of closure the following provision will be made for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise use the roads:

Tapu-Coroglen Road and the 309 Road:
Detour via State Highway 25 or State Highway 25A (Kopu-Hikuai)

Joan Gaskell Drive:
Detour via State Highway 25, Buffalo Beach Road and Albert Street to enter/exit Whitianga

Parking, getting close to the spectator parking for the 309 leg will be available at The Waterworks from 9am. The Waterworks cafe will also be open for refreshments.

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