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We’ll be hosting a range of amazing events throughout the exhibition.

To start off, we’ve highlighted the key weekends when New Zealand motorsport celebrities and experts will be here at Te Papa. Come and check it all out!

Full programme

Weekend highlights

Saturday 18–Sunday 19 July: It’s all about McLaren
Zoom in for opening weekend and celebrate New Zealand’s contribution to F1. Discover famous New Zealand F1 faces and races with experts Bob McMurray, Walter Willmott, and Michael Clark, and check out a McLaren Can-Am race car.

Saturday 15–Sunday 16 August: Working on design
Find out what’s happening in New Zealand open-wheel motorsport design, and learn about design developments in both racing and on-road cars.

Sunday 6 September: Formula One Father’s Day
Treat Dad to an exclusive exhibition viewing followed by brunch with Chris Amon, Michael Clark, and motorsport writer Eion Young. There’ll be A1GP’s Black Beauty car in the foyer, floortalks, and fun activities for the family.

Saturday 26 September–Sunday 11 October: School holidays – Race to Te Papa!
A hands-on, motor racing extravaganza. Pit garage demonstrations, real race cars, Kartsport, simulators, science activities, and more. Can you squeeze yourself into the Toyota Racing Series show car?!

Saturday 24–Monday 26 October: Labour weekend – The art of driving
Sports scientists and drivers talk about what it takes to become a successful racing car driver: the strain on the body, the enormous concentration, and the support from car design and racing teams.

Friends events

Friends' preview
Thursday 9 July, 4pm–7pm, Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 4
Free entry with Friends’ membership
The Friends of Te Papa will have an exclusive preview of Formula One™ – The Great Design Race six days before the exhibition opens. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to see the exhibition before the general public does.  

Friends Indoor Karting Grand Prix
Friday 10 July, 6pm–8pm, Indoor Grand Prix, Kaiwharawhara
Admission charges apply
Discover your inner racing driver in time for Formula One™ – The Great Design Race! Race in teams of two over a minimum of 30 laps to become the official Friends Grand Prix Champion, then celebrate your success with the other competitors and Friends in a lounge with beer, wine, and snacks.

Join the Friends now

Labour weekend events

Signed Bridgestone caps

Check out all the F1 events and get a chance to win a signed cap during our expert floortalks. more>

Store – F1 merchandise

Die cast replica
Make a pit stop to check out our line-up of F1 merchandise. more>

Friends of Te Papa

Friends of Te Papa
Join Friends and save with free visits, previews, and discounts on merchandise. more>

Txt2Win competition

Win a luxury Wellington weekend escape for two! more>