Regions and Events

Catch up with all the MX-5 Regional Events happening over the next few months …

In light of the latest recommendations on the COVID-19 situation by the Ministry of Health with regard to elderly and immune-compromised, recommendations by the National Committee and in consultation with some of our members we advise the cancellation of MX5 Club events in Level 4 or Level 3 for the foreseeable future.

While driving our MX5s is probably one of the safest activities that could be undertaken – good ventilation, good separation distances – the gatherings before and after our runs could be of concern to people, both members and on-lookers alike.

Let’s hope that the controls NZ has put in place prevent any domestic person to person transmission of the virus and we can get back to normality sooner rather than later.


We would expect that if you attend club events, you’d normally attend the events organised by your selected region. They will be responsible for sending you any event notices, and correspondence, however other regions may send you things from time to time. You are welcome to attend the events of other regions.

Whangarei / Twin Coasts

Details to come.

Waikato / Hamilton

Hello everyone, I hope you have all survived these uncertain times. We have had discussions with Gerry who was organising the run for this month and he has decided to postpone it until November due to cafe restrictions for lunch. We then thought we would do a picnic run to solve this problem but given the crazy weather we decided it may be a weather risk. So many things to consider 😕

So now we have decided to have a run on 26 September.

We will meet at Rototuna Shopping centre at 10am for a 10:30am start.

We will travel a few backroads, hopefully finding some we have not travelled before, and end up in Matamata for lunch. 

Because of Covid restrictions of no more than 50 people in a building, it is not feasible to pre-book our lunch so we will just turn up and perhaps split up into smaller groups and find a venue that will accommodate us. This will mean we may need to eat at separate restaurants which is not ideal but obviously it’s due to circumstances beyond our control.

After lunch there will be time to have a wander and we will meet up again for a meander home.

A couple of things to remember, masks 😷 and daylight saving starts on this day, so remember to change your clocks.

Until then, stay safe and well and we look forward to catching up.

Facebook Pages and Groups

Facebook pages are maintained by some Regions. Open pages are visible to all. Closed Groups are for MX-5 Club Members only. If you are a Financial Member, regional coordinators are happy to accept your request to join a page by answering a couple of questions.

See details below for each Region.

The Club also maintains a Facebook page: Facebook

Hawkes Bay / Napier / Hastings

We have a run on the third Sunday of every month.

Contact Mike 021 152 6573 for details.



Meeting time 10:30am
Departure Time
Departure Location Big Jims cafe (Garden Centre) Bell Block
Expected Duration 5 hours approx
Significant Places Garden centre / Whitebait Fritters

Contact Nora Hunn 0272160608 [email protected]


We hold a run on the 2nd Sunday of each month.


Please use the Run Events Submission Form at bottom of this page to add details of your upcoming events.

East to West

OCTOBER 16-17, 2021

Kapiti Coast / Wellington / Upper Hutt / Hawkes Bay / Napier / Hastings / Manawatu / Taranaki

Departure Location Napier Marine Parade Saturday 18th September 6.00am to watch sun rise
Meeting Time 6:00am
Departure Time
Expected Duration
all weekend
Significant Places Gentle Annie and Forgotten Highway
Details Watch the sun rise in Napier then drive over the Gentle Annie to National Park for breakfast. Then head over the Forgotten Highway, stopping at Whangamomona for a drink. Then onto New Plymouth where we will see the sun set at 6.16pm.
Contact Sharon 027 274 4443

Nelson / Tasman

Runs are usually 4th Sunday of each month.


Details to come.


Details to come.

Dunedin / Otago

Details to come.

Southland / Invercargill

Runs are usually 1st Sunday of each month.


Coordinators are your primary contacts for information about planned events and activities in your region.

Whangarei / Twin Coasts

Terry Conaghan
Phone: 09 437 0898
Mobile: 027 611 7187
Email: [email protected]

Northern / Auckland

Allan Boot
Mobile: 027 260 0667
Email: [email protected]

Northern/Auckland has a closed Facebook group with regular updates on activities: Facebook

Waikato / Hamilton

Gary and Maureen Major
Phone: 027 242 6783
Email: [email protected]

Bay of Plenty / Tauranga

Karen Struiksma
Mobile: 027 342 7189
Email: [email protected]

Hawkes Bay / Napier / Hastings

Mike & Rosemary Hurley
Phone: 06 878 9265
Mobile: 021 152 6573
Email: [email protected]


Nora Hunn
Phone: 06 761 8864
Mobile: 027 216 0608
Email: [email protected]

Taranaki has a Facebook group with regular updates on activities: Facebook


To be advised.

Manawatu has a closed Facebook group with regular updates on activities: Facebook

Kapiti Coast / Wellington

Sharon and Keith Ewing
Phone: 06 379 7709
Mobile: 027 274 4443
Email: [email protected]

Kapiti has an open Facebook page with regular updates on activities: Facebook

Nelson / Tasman

To be advised.


To be advised.


To be advised.

Dunedin / Otago

Clint Trewin
Phone: 03 455 3246 (Work)
Mobile: 027 435 8510 (A/hours)
Email: [email protected]

Southland / Invercargill

Peter Glover
Phone: 03 217 7187
Mobile: 027 634 3900
Email: [email protected]


Nationwide, since 1990


Mark 1 NA 1989–1998
Mark 2 NB 1998–2000
Mark 2.5 NB-FL 2001–2005
Mark 3 NC 2005–2008
Mark 3.5 NC-FL 2009–2013
Mark 3.75 NC-FL2 2013–2015
Mark 4 ND 2015–




Just in case you have not heard Northern MX-5 won the best display at this prestige Classic car show.

At 8am on show day a group of members arrived at the Ellersiie race course to set up our display. Brenda and Marilyn had spent
a lot of time on design and gathering the goodies, which included a May pole with heaps of coloured streamers and bunting.

This was to compete in the show theme competition which was a carnival theme. Our display was based on THE GREATEST SHOWMAN movie. lt took us close to an hour to assemble. The weather was fine but the wind was giving us a hard time.

Once we got the display up it was time for the members to get into the clown outfits. Some really weird people emerged, but hey it worked. The clowns and colours attracted a lot of punters over the day.

Allan Boot our new co-ordinator was dressed as a Ring Master and with a megaphone and some great sales pitch he had people coming to our display. All clowns worked all day, talking to people and promoting the club and our cars.

We managed get a number of people with MX-5s to join our club and some were going to purchase one and join. Margaret sat in her RF for most of the day, working the roof up and down This was also a great attraction.

We had 10 cars on display. Frank kindly supplied three special cars – a rare NB coupe, a original NA and a beautiful blue NB with all the accessories one could think of. There was another NA, an ND and three RFs, one the latest 30th year special, and two NCs. All the cars were beautifully prepared and looked stunning in the sun.

By mid afternoon the wind had pretty well wrecked our display, however the judges must have seen it before destruction. At 3pm the word came that we should head to the Pavilion for the prize giving.

The organisers read out the first five places which included a number of the usual traditional classic car big boys.

We thought that’s us out, but lo and behold they called overall first place the MX-5 Car Club. We sat there for a moment like stunned mullets (not as stunned as some more high profile clubs). A couple of cups and a cheque for $750 for the club made the long hot day worthwhile.

We have been at the show for a number of years, and possibly the Mazda MX-5 is now recognized as a Classic.

A special thanks to the members that supplied their cars and dressed as clowns, and very special thanks to Marilyn and Brenda for the inspirational design and huge effort in preparing the event for us.

Report by Morrin Layton. Main photo by Marilyn Harp. Other photos by Brenda White.



Cars met at Manor Station Car park then drove over to Carterton and met Wairarapa cars at Wild Oats. After a Coffee and chat we handed out drive sheets, to head on our way. Firstly heading to the Paua Shell factory shop to have a look. Some did shopping.

Then we headed out the back of Carterton,joining back on SH2 at Wangina then heading out back of Masterton joining back onto SH2, then turning off to Mauriciville then a loop to cross over SH2 going around back of Eketehuna before joining SH2 again to drive through Pahiatua then turning off SH2 to head out to Pongaroa.

Great day for a drive with tops down. Had lunch and a chat at the pub, before heading home.

Little did we know that our April drive was going to be cancelled and in about ten days our world was going to be different. Hope everyone is staying safe. We will really appreciate our freedom when we get it back, we take so much for granted.

Driving our lovely cars with all that beautiful scenery and meeting all you wonderful people. Look forward to seeing you all again soon. Stay safe, do your bit and hopefully will be over soon.

Report & Photos by Sharon Ewing.




Another lovely fine Hawkes Bay day finds us at the Aquarium of New Zealand on the Marine Parade in Napier, ready for a 9.30 start for a meander around the local MX roads. These are roads we have been on before, but hey, good roads are good roads!

Four cars, with one meeting us on the road. We set off tops down and toured down the main road to Clive, veered off to do a round-a-bout way of going through Whakatu industrial area and on out to the Tuki Tuki valley. No other traffic, no cyclists (we must have just been a tad too early), for a nice cruise on Tukituki Rd to catch up with our other car at the Waimarama Rd intersection.

Heading back towards Havelock North and go past the Craggy Range Winery. It’s like driving through a tunnel with large trees each side of
the road, very pretty. They obviously irrigate the grounds at the Winery, the contrast between the grounds and the surrounding hills is like black and white, or, green and very brown!

Meander our way through the village and head off onto the country roads which sees us do the odd un-expected detour and wander our way around to end up at Bridge Pa. Hang a left onto Raukawa Rd and head for the hills. We get onto Whakapirau Rd, which most hadn’t been on before. Quite steep downhill, lots of tight bends, and even a couple of Beagle dogs in the middle of the road – which apparently they think they own!

Skirt around the outskirts of Hastings to Fernhill. Here we should have headed for a long loop off the Taihape Rd, but we cut it short as we had a booking at a Café and couldn’t afford to be too late. (Bit of a time error in the planning.)

Out to Puketapu and then heading for the hills again. Take in a big hill, then a hard right-hander to head towards lunch. Through Bay View village, and then try and turn right onto the main highway – seemed like the longest part of the morning!

A short way up the highway and we are at Snapper Café for lunch, and we find Ann and Noddy waiting for us. They would have been on the run except for the knee op Ann is still recovering from. Still, we can pretend the van is a “5” in disguise.

A great meal, a long natter (as you do) and its home time.

Report by Mike; Photos by Trish.

See all the other Run Reports in the latest issue of the MX5 CLUB’s TopDown magazine.