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The Ultimate Off-Road Adventure.

Spirit of Amarok is a 4x4 off-road adventure with international status. From behind the wheel of an Amarok you and a mate have the chance to put your 4WD skills to the test against multiple teams in a range of challenges. The top team will go head to head at the global international championships hosted in South Africa to crown this years 2020 Spirit of Amarok winners. 

Get ready for tough.

The Spirit of Amarok New Zealand qualifying event has been postponed until further noticeTeams will be put through grueling 4WD speed tests, terrain and technical challenges, all of which will test the skills of even the most seasoned 4WD competitor.

The rally stage will see competitors race it out in the most demanding speed challenge. Then, drivers' precision and control will be pushed to the limits through the technical stage, where teams should expect the unexpected. Finally, the regularity stage throws our competitors a mix of both speed and technical ability that's sure to get their hearts racing, and their engines.

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Go hard, Win big. 

The winning team using a points system will receive an all-expenses paid* trip to South Africa to represent New Zealand against 8 other countries at the International Spirit of Amarok finals from 2nd – 6th September 2020.

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Let's take you back.

Rally legend Sarel van der Merwe created the original Spirit of Africa Trophy event over 12 years ago, with a view to provide the "every day" driver a chance to test their off-road abilities in a competitive environment. He's won just about every motor racing and rally title on the African continent, and is a household name in South Africa.

The International Spirit of Amarok is plotted and closely overseen by him personally.  From designing each speed stage, to setting the target time for every off-road challenge and planning the point allocation and deduction methodology, Sarel is the ultimate architect.

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Do you have what it takes?

If you think this adventure sounds like you, grab a mate and fill in your details for the opportunity to join an experience of a lifetime. Spaces are limited so make sure to tell us why you think you are the right fit for this challenge and for a chance to bring the champions title home. 

2019 Spirit of Amarok International Highlights

2020 Entry Form 

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Where can I find the full terms and conditions?

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Why must I be over 25 years of age?

Our insurance does not cover drivers less than 25 years of age.

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Does Volkswagen cover my travel costs to the event?

Volkswagen will provide flights and land transfers to each competitor on the day of the event who are based more than 250km from the venue. Auckland based competitors must make and fund their own travel arrangements to the venue. Exact timings and travel options will be communicated closer to the event.

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Can I compete in my own ute?

No, vehicles will be provided.

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What to expect from the New Zealand competition day?

The Spirit of Amarok challenge event will allow the winner and a companion of their choice to participate on one date between 19-22 May 2020 as determined by the Promoter. The challenge will require each of the winning participants to compete in a number of off-road driving challenges consisting of speed and skill tests. Each team will get one attempts at each stage and will be judged on accuracy and speed by the challenge coordinators.

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What do I need to bring on the day?

Bring a copy of your confirmation email, your current valid driver's license and the signed indemnity forms in order to participate in the challenge, which you would have received via email prior to the event. Please ensure that you are dressed in long-sleeves (no shorts, or t-shirts) and that you wear closed in shoes (no heels or thongs). We also recommend a rain jacket and warm clothes as the location can have temperamental weather conditions. Please keep personal belongings to a minimum as there will be limited storage onsite.

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How long does each day go for?

Each session is a full day and we will provide specific timings closer to the day. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the stated start time to register and enjoy light refreshments on arrival.

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Which cars will I be driving?

You will be driving the Volkswagen Amarok V6 range.

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Can my friends and family come and watch?

Unfortunately there is a strict policy at this circuit regarding spectators, so we request that participants don't bring spectators. If you do need to bring someone along, be sure to let us know via email so we can organise with the venue in advance.

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Is food provided?

Light refreshments will be provided on arrival and during the course of the day. Lunch will also be provided.

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What do I do if I have missed out on getting in the event this year?

Unfortunately we only have limited spaces available. If you have missed out on this year's courses make sure you register your interest for next year so you will be the first to find out about next year's Spirit of Amarok challenge.

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Where is the venue?

The venue is located in Auckland, New Zealand and further information will be provided shortly.

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Parking information?

Ample parking is available at the venue and will be clearly marked for your arrival.

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What if I can no longer attend the event?

If you can no longer attend the event you must advise the event organizers on the email provided below. This will allow us to allocate your entry to another team and a refund for your entry fee will be provided.

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Are there any costs involved?

Upon selection, there will be a $100 including GST per head fee to secure your spot.

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