Event – Ben Nevis Station Golden 1200 Hillclimb




The Golden 1200 Hillclimb come about as a vision between the Ben Nevis Station owners and Hayden over a drink one day.

Hayden had been previously involved with the station and had driven the road several times, commenting how good of a road it was each time.

After a few phone calls with local car clubs and clerk of the course, Roger Laird, the dream very quickly become a reality.

Managed and promoted by Paddon Rallysport Group, the team’s vision is to build this into a iconic motorsport event which, when paired with Cardrona’s Race to the Sky, would alternate with each other every second year.

For any event information or questions, you can contact:

Email: info@paddonrallysport.co.nz

Phone: 027 318 1748


Spectator access for the two day event is FREE OF CHARGE.

We encourage you to come along and enjoy some of the best cars and drivers at our prime spectator point where you can see 3km (half) of the stage from one position.


Access is to the top of the stage (finish line). The road name is ‘Nevis road’ and must be accessed from the Bannockburn end. Once you enter the gravel road at the bottom of the hill, it is 14km to the end (access point) of the Golden 1200. From there you will be directed by marshalls and given a free spectator information pack.


There are three key areas. The finish line where you can see the last 500m stretch to the flying finish. At the mid point we have a large car park where the primary spectator spot is located (you can see 3km of the stage) and lastly a car park at the start/service area.

Each car park is accessed during time windows between groups of cars and you will be directed by marshals. On these 3 car parks are available, but you can walk to other vantage points (only off the road, as there is plenty of space for walking safely away from the road).

Commentary will be available at the main spectator area at the mid point (car park 2).



Spectator access is free. There will be a gate raffle that you can buy if you wish which helps fund the event. Raffle tickets are $10 each, and go in the draw for one of three hot lap rides each day (total of 6 rides). Car and driver to be confirmed on the day.

SPECTATOR INFORMATION AND MAPS: https://drive.google.com/file/…

ENTRY LIST (NEW, UPDATED FEB 21): https://drive.google.com/file/…

SPECTATOR CAMP SITES: https://drive.google.com/open?…

ROAD INFORMATION: https://drive.google.com/file/…

PLEASE NOTE: Steep access road to the event over the Nevis Road. Please be prepared before hand. Last access to camp area is 7am on Saturday 6th. We encourage competitors and camping people to set up Friday (security on site from Friday until Sunday) and/or to arrive early Saturday morning.


SPECTATOR INFORMATION AND MAPS: https://drive.google.com/file/…


Event regulations and entry forms below.

The event is reserved for the first 80 entries received, with limited spaces for Motorbikes and Off-road vehicles. Entries close 12 February 2020. Full details within event regulations. 

EVENT REGULATIONS: https://drive.google.com/file/…

ROAD PREVIEW: Golden 1200 Road Preview

ENTRY LIST (NEW, UPDATED FEB 21): https://drive.google.com/file/…

SPECTATOR INFORMATION AND MAPS: https://drive.google.com/file/…

ROAD INFORMATION: https://drive.google.com/file/…


  • 6km stretch of gravel road. 50% fast, 50% twisty.
  • Cromwell closest town centre. Approx 25km from town to service park.
  • Camping available on site close to the pit area during event weekend.
  • Highlands Motorsport Park activities and pre-event registration Friday afternoon.
  • The Gate, Cromwell, after event dinner and prize giving.
  • Unique competitor gift packs with every entry and amazing prizes which will be awarded Sunday night at Prizegiving.
  • Open to all competition cars with roll cages and comply with MSNZ Schedule A.



Media wishing to cover the Golden 1200 Hillclimb are asked to complete the accreditation form https://forms.gle/D5zxyGTNNw6USk6S7 by Friday 21 February.

You will be advised within a few days if your application has been accepted.

Please note that video content and promotion is managed by MA Media, prior to and during the event.

Queries can be directed to:

Jack Smith: jack@mamedia.co.nz.

All other media queries can be directed to media manager:

Kate Gordon-Smith: kate@relishcommunications.co.nz


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