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Horsepower Hill Climb to make its mark in iconic NZ Hill Climb events. 


The Waimate 50 are pleased to announce that the Waimate 50 will be back, but not on the street.

The team found it necessary to adopt COVID strategies and have designed a new look Gravel Edition for the return of the Waimate 50 in October 2021. 

This year we will take the event to new heights up the amazing hills that surround the township of Waimate.  

Rob Aikman - Waimate 50 - event organiser said: 

We are stoked and excited by this challenge, which will give our gravel event a high-profile boost.  The 2021 Waimate 50 will span across three days at our usual event time over Labour weekend (22-24 October). 

Starting Friday is the exciting Model Garage ‘Point Bush Hillclimb’ a 1.5km tarmac hillclimb right in the edge of town climbing its way up past many houses along Point Bush Road to amazing views at the top of the course.  It’s a challenge for the drivers with added course elements along with the natural contours that combine on this very fast and flowing hillclimb.  


A fantastic addition is its free to the public with many great spectator viewing points and walking access to capture all the action, starting earlier this time at around 1.00pm through to 7.00pm with entertainment you do not want to miss. 


Rob Aikman - Waimate 50 - event Organiser proudly stated


Although this is a big move away from our proven street formula we are upbeat and pumped  that our two newly developed hillclimbs with enhanced spectator viewing and supporting facilities will create an atmosphere not seen here before,


NZ Rally Champion Hayden Paddon said:

I'm Really looking forward to competing at Horsepower Hill. After doing some demo runs there a couple of years ago, it’s a magic piece of road with a bit of everything. It’s an iconic road and an iconic event, something myself and the team are proud to be part of”

The main feature - Saturday and Sunday feature the new Mount Shop ‘Horsepower Hill’ a thrilling 4.0km genuine gravel hill climb with an elevation over 250 metres the tight and technical stages open up with fast and skipping crests and a finish up at the iconic White Horse Monument, The race to the Whitehorse is not for the faint hearted.  


At the top there are the amazing panoramic views of the township and surrounding Canterbury plains.  

 The course will also feature two main spectator areas that are supported with live commentary, food services and other support services, it will come down to 50 drivers who have been selected to take on Horsepower Hill and see who really is the fastest.  

Tickets on sale August 22nd.
For more information visit www.waimate50.co.nz

Event Dates:
Friday October 22nd - The Model Garage Point Bush Hill Climb.
Saturday October 23/24 - The Mount Shop Horsepower Hillclimb. 




The event comprises a Tarmac Hill-climb (1.5km) and the Horse Power Hill Climb, saldyu there is no street race this year due to Covid but we plan on being back in future years to come.