Beach Hop Returns to Whitianga 23rd March

Beach Hop Returns to Whitianga 23rd March

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Classic car on Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga

Beach Hop has captured the imagination of the young and old for many years on the Coromandel Peninsula– and this year is lining up to be no exception. Car enthusiasts and rock and roll lovers get ready as the Beach Hop Repco Beach Party returns to Whitianga on the 23rd March!


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The Repco Beach Party Whitianga has been included as part of the full Repco Beach Hop event programme during the five days of motoring enthusiast celebrations on the Coromandel Peninsula.

We are really excited to be able to bring in the vibe of the 50’s and 60’s to Whitianga for the day with 600-800 classic cars expected to park up in the centre of town. This is the seventeenth year of beach hop and it just gets better and better.

Noddy Watts, Event Manager Repco Beach Hop

Repco Beach Party Whitianga

Planning is still underway for the free Repco Beach Hop Party event to Whitianga with a classic car park-up, drag race, bands, games, competitions and spot prizes planned for the day.  Beach Hop classic cars will assemble on Buffalo Beach Reserve on the day and then parade along the Esplanade and park up in the centre of town from approximately 11am-3pm. Behind the scenes there are particular traffic management planning details that have been organised to get the 600 plus cars across the four one lane bridges into Whitianga, and of course the space to park all of the cars in the centre of town.

This is a fantastic event to be brought into town and we encourage as many local businesses, community groups, schools and individuals to be part of the event planning and to participate in the event on the day.

Paul Kelly, Mercury Bay Community Board Chair

Beach Hop Rock ‘n’ Roll Programme 2017

Repco Beach Hop 2017 runs a full programme of events held from the 22nd-26th March.  Events include bands, hot rods, classic cars and caravans, motorbikes, nostalgia fair, hop idol, junkyard fashion show, retro pin up show and a nostalgia surf fest. 

Over 650 cars registered for Beach Hop in the first hour that we made entry forms available in October 2016. It is expected that up to 1000 cars, motorbikes and caravans will be registered for the weeks events during March and we are looking forward to a special week of cars and Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Noddy Watts

As part of the programme registered vehicles are able to take part in a range of activities as part of the programme.

  • Waihi Warm Up Party
  • Repco Beach Party Whitianga
  • Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise
  • Drive in Movie Whangamata
  • Grand Parade Whangamata

    Repco are proud to continue the partnership with this world famous New Zealand event as the naming rights sponsor. We are especially excited about the The Repco Beach Party in Whitianga. Our team are looking forward to seeing you all for some good times and great memories during the five days of motoring enthusiast celebrations.Thank you to the Beach Hop team for making this event truly amazing and we look forward to many more years working together.

    Jonathan Maddren, Executive GM Repco NZ

    The Range Of Classic Vehicles To View

    Entries from a range of predominantly 1950's and 1960's classic vehicles, caravans and motorbikes are invited to enter the Repco Beach Hop.

        • Beach Hop Cars - beach Hop is all about celebrating the 50’s and 60’s and the vehicles of that era.  Vehicles made prior to 1972 and Hot Rods are eligible to enter Beach Hop.  Cars made in the USA from 1972 to 1985  are permitted at the discretion of the Beach Hop committee.
        • Beach Hop Retro Caravan Camping and Show - bringing back the caravanning memories is the Retro Caravan campground which is set up at the Whangamata Area School during the Beach hop for pre-1980 caravans.
        • Motorbikes and Trikes -two wheels and three wheels are not forgotten during the hop with pre 1972 and any American made bike permitted to the event.

    View The Programme And Get Tickets

    For full programme information about Repco Beach Hop 2017 go to the Beach Hop website. 

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