|Please support the sponsors of our track upgrade and don't forget
to mention to them that you saw their logo & name on this website
The club's WhangareiKartClub.com website has now
As from 1st April 2016 this site will not keep up to date
for all trending news on upcoming events.
|Upgrading KartSport Whangarei's Facilities.
1. The replacement of the main straight during 2009
2. Removal of the trees near the club house during 2010.
3. Relocation of the pits area during 2011.
4. 2012 work commenced on the extension of the track.
5. During October-November 2013 the Track was extended to an
officially measured 525 metres length.
6. The Pit Shelters erected in April/May 2014.
7. Transponder system for Race Track in November 2014.
8. New ablutions block. November 2014.
9. New tractor/mower, November 2014.
......These organisations and individuals have made
generous donations towards the upgrading of the track:
|A big thank you to Derek Tunnicliffe
and family for your
donation and support of the Main
|Thank you to
Tony & Chris Everitt,
Malcolm (Dev's Karts)
for your donations to the Pit
|S & T Carter Builders,
|Our sports complex
is smoke free at all
The Whangarei Kart Club began operating from a dirt track at Port Road circa 1956. If anyone has details of
that era please let us know so that this history of the club can be updated.
On October 10th 2010 the club's name was changed to KartSport Whangarei Incorporated.
The existing track is at Austin Road which is on the outskirts of Whangarei City off the main road to
Dargaville. Originally the track was dirt. A formed track was developed during 1974. During the approximate
12 months taken to seal the track the members travelled each month to the Mount Wellington track in South
Auckland to compete there. The club's President at that time was Ray Cameron. In addition to organising the
first track sealing he purchased for $20 the old Badminton Club House at Kensington Park and it was
relocated to the track. This remained the Club's Club House for over 25 years until old age finally caught up
On 3rd December 1980 consent was granted by the Whangarei County Council to develop a permanent track
on a 2.29 hectare allotment that was sub divided by Mr. Edward Anderson for use as a private recreation
area by the Whangarei Kart Club. The Certificate of Title of the land was transferred to the club on 19th April
1983. The complex is known as Anderson Park in honour of the man who transferred ownership of the land
to the club.
The sealed track originally was about 350 metres and was extended around 1982 to become 380 metres in
length. Compared to some other tracks in New Zealand of over 900 metres that was a very short one.
Since 1997 there has been a program of substantial upgrading of the facilities with safety fences and track
upgrades being the first priority. Throughout the 50 plus years at Austins Road the club has been through
many changes and now has a membership of over 50 persons. There are over 35 active race kart drivers
ranging from Cadet class starting with 7 year old members through to Seniors over 65 years of age. Karters
from Auckland and further away often come to Whangarei, including Bay of Plenty, EBOP and from
Hastings, for the experience of racing on a short track with very tight corners. Club days are held each
month and with the gates opening at 8 a.m. Our members live from as far away as Kerikeri in the north and
Auckland in the south. As racing is normally over by 4 p.m. Those competitors living outside of Whangarei
have time to get back home in the early evening after a full day of good racing fun.
As noted above the old Club House became too old to use and in 2003 was replaced by a building that was
donated to the club by Mark Cromie Holden. In addition to the Club House Mark Cromie Holden also supplied
a Tech Shed. There are photos on the "Photos from the Past" page of the old building being demolished on
27th November 2005.
During October and November of 2013 the track was closed for practice and racing. During that time the
laying of concrete, curbing, landscaping and fencing to extend the track to 525 metres, from the previous
380 metres, was carried out. The extended part of the track is between 6 and 7 metres wide. The track has
been certified for use in both directions in its new configuration and was officially reopened on the
December 2013 Club Day by her Worship the Mayor of Whangarei District. New Pit Shelters have been
added in May 2014 to the pit area.
A new website for the Club was commissioned in April 2016.