Ruapuna Park, now known as Mike Pero Motorsport Park. It is one of the few club-owned and operated tracks left in New Zealand, with racing held in one form or another since the 1960s. Owned and operated by the Canterbury Car Club, Ruapuna Motorsport Park is a designated motorsport reserve which operates all year round. Canterbury Car Club was established in 1946 and are the reason the park exists today.
With 6 track configurations, Ruapuna is the centre point of motor racing in Canterbury hosting large scale events like Skope Classic, to Super Weekend, South Island Endurance Series and Speed Festival, the track also hosts events for specific racing and other car events including; Club Days, Drift events, Race School, Supercar experiences and more.
Over the years, the park has massively evolved but always stays true to the core concept of good racing for competitors and spectators alike.
Spectators are fortunate enough to be able to get up close and personal not just with the track but also with drivers and their cars, even down our famous Pit Lane. The park also features two Grandstands; Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, offering 1200 permanent seats at the park, as well as large grass areas for spectators. At specific events spectators are able to drive their cars into outer track and line the fencing around the track. We strive to ensure the circuit is well utilised providing good racing, that both competitors and spectators are welcomed to the facilities, and the standard of presentation of the approximately 100 acre Motorsport Reserve is exemplary. Since the motor car first arrived in New Zealand, Christchurch was the pioneering centre for Motorsport in New Zealand despite not having a permanentcircuit. And so Ruapuna was created by an abundance of people, passionateabout motorsport.