We have anticipated a few questions that might come up.  Please contact us if there is anything that we haven't answered for you below.

Registration Packs

Registration packs can be collected from the Racecourse building during these times:

  • Friday 29th March from 3pm until 10pm
  • Saturday 30th March from 8am until 10am

The registration pack will contain your event passes, lanyards, programme, merchandise (if ordered), plus a few goodies from us and our sponsors.


What does the registration include?

The registration fee includes a rally pack, entry to the Qualitat Show & Shine, a souvenir programme, discounted pre-ordered merchandise, and the flexibility to buy tickets to our other exciting events over the weekend.

The additional events incur extra fees (Dubbed Dinner & Dance, Buzzbug’s Lunch Cruise, BBQ & Twilight cruise and Devlin’s Farewell breakfast) and have limited capacity. 

We encourage you to register for the additional events to maximise your fun over the Easter weekend!


Swap Meet & Market

At the Show & Shine event, we have swap meet spaces available free of charge for private individuals to put up a table or two.  However, if you wish to have a bigger stall or include a gazebo, there will be a small fee.  Please email us if you would like to find out more.


Where to stay

If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, we have some ideas for you here

We will also have basic camping (dog friendly) available at the Kaikoura Racecourse.  There are no other facilities other than toilets.  This is organised by us so please email us if you’re interested.


What time do the gates open on the Saturday?

The gates are open to vehicles from 8am.  The gates will open to the public at 10am. 


Can I enter my car into the Show & Shine only?

No, only registered cars will be allowed to enter the Show & Shine competition. 


Can I bring my dog?

Yes, you can bring your dog to the event. However, please ensure they are always kept on a leash and under control.


Driving On Site

10Kph speed limit everywhere on site! Please watch your speed, there are many people walking around including young children. Keep vehicle movement to a minimum once on site.  No quad bikes, mopeds or any other unlicensed motorised vehicles are allowed on site.   


First Aid

Medical assistance can be found at the VW Nationals HQ, located in the Racecourse building.



Please dispose of your litter in the designated bins provided throughout the site.


Fires & BBQs

Absolutely no open fires or BBQ’s allowed.


Good places to eat

There are lots of cafes and restaurants in Kaikoura, you can’t go wrong!  Here’s a few of our favourite places:

  • Slam Club (10 West End)
  • Coopers Catch (9 West End)
  • Café Encounter (96 Esplanade)
  • The Pier Hotel Restaurant (1 Avoca Street)
  • Bernie’s Diner (105 Beach Road)


Local Supermarket

The local New World is located at 124-128 Beach Road.  It’s usually open from 8am to 8pm, although times will differ over the Easter weekend.


Fuel Stations

There’s a choice of 3 in Kaikoura:

  • BP (84 Beach Road)
  • NPD (136-142 Beach Road)
  • Caltex (55 Beach Road)
  • McKeown (4 Moa Road)

When on the Mt Lyford Cruise, there is only one other fuel station on route - Allied Petroleum (12 Lyndon St, Waiau)


Things to see and do

There’s so much to see and do whilst you’re in Kaikoura.  Here’s some options: https://www.kaikoura.co.nz/what-to-do-in-kaikoura/see-and-do/

Cancellation - Refund Policy

  • Refund up to and including 1st March 2024 - 100%
  • Refund up to and including 15th March 2024 - 50%
  • Refund up to and including 29th March 2024 - 0%