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Event Policies

EVENT POLICIES

Alcohol – Beer and wine are available for purchase from the public bars. No alcohol is permitted to be brought onto the property and there will be bag search's at the entry gates. The New Zealand Sales and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 governs sale, supply and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The Act requires that all individuals consuming alcohol do so responsibly while maintaining orderly conduct.

Asphalt – Pounding pegs or making holes in any asphalt surface or the use of paint or spray markings of any type on any asphalt surface is prohibited. Offenders will be held liable for all damages and may be ejected. Highlands requests anyone refueling in the paddock use a drip pan to catch spilled fuel. Any fuel spills on pit road must be immediately diluted. If you must temporarily jack a vehicle on asphalt, you must have metal or wood under the jack and jack stands. NO EXCEPTIONS! Violators are subject to a $500 fee per damaged/marked area.

Bicycles – Children are NOT permitted to ride bikes, roller blades, skates, skateboards and scooters or similar in the Paddock during race meeting hours. Parents / Guardians will be held responsible for children in the Paddock and Pit area at all times.

Camping on event – Hampton and Highlands Members are entitled to camp at Highlands at no charge. Camping passes must be displayed at all times. Further, camping will be allowed during Events only if Renter pays Highlands camping fees. The amount of security needed for overnight camping is at Highlands discretion. Camping is not permitted in any other Highlands areas. All camping must be pre booked via the Highlands website. Pricing will include a berth and entry ticket (unless otherwise stated). For detailed information see the Camping information section on the Highlands website.

Campfires – Campfires/Ground fires are not permitted. Open fires of any type are not permitted in a Paddock area at any time.

Canopies – Tents or “EZ-Ups” will not be placed in front of any tent or facility designated as a hospitality area. Additionally the Silver Fern berm is the only area permitted to erect an “EZ-Up” or tent.

Cars & Motorcycles – No one under 16 years of age may operate a car or motorcycle anywhere on Highlands premises without Highlands prior written approval. In addition, anyone operating a car or motorcycle must have a valid licence and liability insurance, as required by NZ law. There may be special exceptions to this rule for MSNZ licensed competitors.

Children – Children under 16 years of age must be closely supervised by a responsible adult. Due to MSNZ rules children under 16 years are not permitted in the designated Pit area on Pit Lane.

Cook Outs – Individual cooking is allowed on a gas stove or on a grill in the paddock and at campsites. Grills and pit cookers must be used for personal use only. Cooking in the Pit / Paddock area must be approved by Highlands event management.

Disposal of Waste Fluid and Environmental Debris – Use of the waste drums is mandatory for used oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and other polluting material. Spillage will not be tolerated and may result in ejection from the facility. Participants must remove all used tyres, batteries and unwanted parts. Environmental debris left behind will result in fines to the Renter or Competitor.

Drones - All drone operators are required to submit a flight plan and number along with a safety plan 3 weeks prior to the events.

Fences – Fences and areas beyond spectator fences are off limits to the public. At no time is anyone authorised to climb a fence or bypass a gate.

Fireworks – Fireworks are prohibited anywhere on the grounds.

Fuel – Highlands has an onsite fuel facility, access is via the main Museum Carpark or at the times posted on the event schedule. All competitors must comply with the MSNZ fuel regulations.

Garages – Highlands has no permanent Pit Lane Garages on site. Pit Lane garages on race events are either Marquees or allocated spaces on the Pit Lane concrete area between the red lines. Vehicles must NOT be parked behind this area, this is both for health and safety and for spectators to get viewing access to the garages as this is part of the event they come to see. There is no storage of any fuel in this area except on race events and this must comply with the MSNZ fuel regulations. Competitors take full responsibility for securing their Pit Lane area at night.

Off-Road Areas – The off-road areas within Highlands are not authorised for use without prior written approval of Highlands.

Opening Hours
Winter 9.00am – 5.30pm - Track
Summer 8.00am – 6.00pm - Track

Winter 10.00am – 4.00pm - Highlands
Summer 10.00am – 5.00pm – Highlands

Quiet hours – Race engines must not be started between the hours of:
Winter 7.30pm –7.30am
Summer 8.30pm –7.30am 

Parking Areas – Vehicle parking at Highlands will vary per Event and will be directed by either Event Staff or by Security Personnel. Highlands requests that all Participants, Spectators and Guests obey all posted “No Parking” signs; do not block gates, garage doors or roadways at any time. Highlands reserves the right to ask any vehicle owner in violation to move their vehicle or it will be towed at the owner’s expense. On race events competitors will enter via Cemetery Rd gate, spectators will enter via either Sandflat Rd or Cemetery Rd. Renters will enter via Sandflat Rd and the Museum day to day.

Pets – Highlands discourages bringing pets to the track. Animals are easily frightened by noise at the circuit, hence Highlands NOT permitting animals on the property.

Photography – All non-commercial photography is allowed at Highlands for Public Events. During track rentals and events, photographers are authorised to be inside of specified fences, entering via authorised entry points. At all times inside the fence, photographers will wear their issued vests for identification and remain inside the specified photo boundaries (photographers map); failure to do so may result in loss of privileges. Photographers who wish to sell their photos at the track must be approved and identified. If a member of the media or a professional photographer needs photography credentials, they should contact Highlands at least 3 weeks prior to an event events@highlands.co.nz

Pit Lane – Only Participants and Crew are allowed to enter Pit Lane. Minors (under 16) are restricted from entering Pit Lane or Pit Lane area, unless they are a certified competitor in their racing vehicle or during scheduled Spectator events on Pit Lane. Refueling on Pit Lane is only permitted during scheduled racing events. Painting or writing on pit lane and pit wall is prohibited. Speed limit in Pit Lane is 40km/h at all times.

Right of Way – Drivers of any non-racing vehicle will give way to any Race Vehicle at all times on Highlands property. Due to the constraints of safety equipment and vehicle design, drivers of racing vehicles may have limited visibility or mobility while operating their vehicle. Operators of racing vehicles must still obey posted speed limits and any other traffic control devices to include instructions from Event Staff or Security Personnel.

Smoking – Smoking in any Highlands building is strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated. Smoking is not permitted in pit lane or the area directly behind. Smoking is only allowed at the designated smoking area outside the Pit Gate at the Northern end.

Speed Limits – Speed limit in the Paddock area is 15km/h. Off-road vehicles are subject to these limits also while moving outside the Off-road course. All vehicles must report to the office on arrival. Pit Lane speed limit is 40km/h at all times.

Starters Tower – The Starters Tower is for authorised personnel only.

Trailer Parking – Trailer parking is in the designated area only, (please refer to the site map) no trailers are permitted in the paddock / pit area unless otherwise instructed by Event staff.

Vendors – Any track vendors should contact Highlands at least 3 weeks before an Event at marketing@highlands.co.nz 

We at Highlands look forward to welcoming you to our World Class facility, and it is our purpose to make your experience an exceptional one. To help us do so, please follow the above rules, if there is anything we have missed or an additional information you require, please do not hesitate to ask.