The Hamilton 400 is an annual V8 supercars race thru the streets of Hamilton. The official name of the race in 2012 is the ITM 400 Hamilton. The V8 supercars race is also commonly referred to as the Hamilton V8 Supercars, or just the Hamilton V8. Whichever way you describe it, the Hamilton 400 is an exciting event in the motorsport calendar.
Hamilton 400 Dates
The 2012 ITM Hamilton 400 is held from Friday til Sunday. The confirmed dates are 20 - 22 April 2012. INXS will be playing the Saturday night concert!
Hamilton 400 Accommodation
The event brings an influx of spectators to the Hamilton and Waikato areas. Hamilton Accomodation options can often be booked out so you are best to book your accommodation now! You can either use the widget below, or see our Hamilton 400 Accommodation page which shows the 5 closest accommodation options to the race circuit!
Hamilton 400 Event Schedules
You can find detailed information on the V8 race times, and evening shows. Check out the On-Track Schedule for races, and the Off-Track Schedule for concerts and other festivities. You can also view the race map online.
The event is held in the centre of Hamilton, around the streets of the Frankton business district. Areas are cordoned off for the weekend event. The race is held over a relatively large area and the track encompasses the Waikato Stadium, Hinemoa Park and Westpac park. These areas provide space for the crowds to watch.
There are several grandstands around the track which give the best view for spectators. The grandstands require you to purchase a ticket for entry. Hamilton 400 Tickets can be purchased thru the Ticketek website: www.ticketek.co.nz. There are also many big screens for viewing, however you do require a ticket, as you do in all areas of the circuit.
Getting to the Event
Normal carparking is reduced in the lead up to the event. Within a 2km radius from the track is closed for parking. Parking near the event is available thru pre-paid bookings. Parking bookings are essential and can be made thru Ticketek along with your event ticket. The designated parking areas are just a few minutes away from the circuit. Easy walking distance. However it is highly recommended that you leave your car at your accommodation and bus to the venue.
Local buses around Hamilton are free over the event weekend, although may run on an hourly cycle. To find out more information you can visit the Hamilton Busit website: www.busit.co.nz
Out of Town Buses and Trains
To get to Hamilton you can use your choice of coach or bus services. Try Intercity or Newmans coachlines or scroll to the bottom of the page here for schedules. There are also trains available to Hamilton from Auckland, Tauranga or Rotorua: www.railnewzealand.com
Further Race Information
You can find more information on the V8 Supercars Hamilton website: www.hamilton.v8supercars.com.au
The Hamilton 400 Motorsport Event
The Hamilton 400 event is part of the V8 Supercars racing calendar. While most races are held in Australia, Hamilton is home to the largest New Zealand Supercar event. Previously called the V8 International, the event was previously held in nearby Pukekohe. Special clearance by the Hamilton City Council allowed the race to be held on city streets, and since 2008, the event has called Hamilton home.
Just like the epic touring cars event Bathurst 1000 is Australia's big race, the Hamilton 400 is New Zealands big race! Big household names feature such as Jamie Whincup, Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Mark Winterbottom. The 400 is a classic Ford vs. Holden battle. The original event held at Pukekohe Park Raceway was always an enjoyable weekend for kiwi motorsport fans, and the new event held in Hamilton dosen't fail to impress.
But you don't have to be a petrol head to enjoy the festivities! In 2011, the weekend event attracted over 100,000 people, and 2012 is shaping up to be even better. The event is now the largest sporting event in New Zealand so it is a great family day out. There is a dedicated Family Zone with many activities for the kids.
This years event is again in the Rock 'n Race format where several concerts take place over the weekend, with international music acts taking the stage after dark. Why not take the family to Hamilton for the weekend to the NZ V8s. Spend a day at the races, and the second day enjoying other Hamilton Activities.