Programme 30 MAR - 2 APR 2023
Invercargill events for everyone
Looking for what’s on in Invercargill? You can't go wrong with the George Begg Festival. Expect an experience that will fire up all the senses. With a vibe harking back to the 1960s and 1970s, classic car shows, plenty of action-packed racing, and Invercargill entertainment for the whole family, our retro motorsport event is racing like the good old days.
- 3:45 pm - 4:05 pm On Friday 31 March 2023
- 3:45 pm On Friday 31 March 2023 Until 4:05 pm On Friday 31 March 2023
- 11:00 am On Saturday 1 April 2023 Until 11:15 am On Saturday 1 April 2023
- 2:00 pm On Saturday 1 April 2023 Until 2:15 pm On Saturday 1 April 2023
- 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm On Sunday 2 April 2023
Frequently Asked Questions: What's On In Invercargill
Keen to learn more about the George Begg Festival? First-time visitor to Invercargill? Want to know what family-friendly activities are available? You’ve come to the right place! Check out some of our most frequently asked questions about our Invercargill motorsport event below.
The main base of the George Begg Festival will be at racetrack Teretonga Park, just a short drive from the city centre of Invercargill, New Zealand. However, the Studio GB party on Friday, 31 March will be held at Bill Richardson Transport World (491 Tay Street). Don’t forget to check out the George Begg Bunker while you're in town, too. This spectacular display can be found at Classic Motorcycle Mecca (25 Tay Street).
Invercargill is a compact city and all venues - including Teretonga Park - are just a short drive from one another.
Visitors to the George Begg Festival will need to be able to make their own way to Teretonga Park by car. The racetrack is a short 10-minute drive from the city centre, and even closer to the airport. Simply head towards Otatara and Ōreti Beach, and turn left when you get to Sandy Point (there will be lots of signage to point you in the right direction). There is ample car-parking available on-site. Taxis will also be available to transfer you to and from Teretonga Park.
Who doesn’t love a good road-trip around the South Island! We’d love to welcome visitors from out of town spend a few days soaking in the Invercargill hospitality, and the retro atmosphere of the George Begg Festival. For those heading south in certified self-contained motorhomes, we are even offering free on-site camping at Teretonga Park for the duration of the George Begg Festival. This offer is only applicable to those with either a Track and Hospo Pass – 3 Days, or a Track Pass – 3 days. Find out more here.
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If you don't want to book online, track passes can be purchased from the Bill Richardson Transport World gift shop (491 Tay Street, Invercargill) until 5pm on Friday, 31 March 2023.
A limited number of George Begg Festival tickets (to the racing only) will be available at the gate at Teretonga Park. However, to avoid disappointment, we recommend you secure your tickets as soon as possible.
Nab a deal on your George Begg Festival tickets: our Early Bird ticket prices end on Sunday 26 March, 2023. All tickets purchased after this date will not be eligible for Early Bird ticket prices.
The George Begg Festival is held over four days. Multiple ticket options are available, so attendees can choose which events they want to be part of. Take your pick between options from track passes only (essentially general admission to the racing at Teretonga Park), or add in access to our exclusive hospitality zone, the Friday night party – Studio GB – at Bill Richardson Transport World, or Begg's Barmy Car Rally. Multiple or single-day passes are also available. Click here for more information on George Begg Festival ticket options.
Absolutely! The George Begg Festival really is a family-friendly festival right here in Invercargill. While some events at the George Begg Festival are strictly adults only, there will be plenty of family-friendly events happening throughout the weekend: from the pedal car and tractor races to Begg’s Barmy Car Rally. Get the whole whānau revved up for the fun!
Dressing up is the best part! Get decked out in your best retro gear: take your style cues from the 1960s and 1970s. Break out the vintage fashion every day of the George Begg Festival. Opt for the hippie vibes of the Swinging Sixties, or the glitz and glam of the famed Studio 54: legendary in its 1970s heyday. Click here for more information about dressing up.
George Begg is a homegrown Southland hero, and like other innovators like Burt Munro we think he deserves to be celebrated! Begg got his start in motorsport by racing motorcycles, including in the Isle of Man. After a stint racing motorbikes overseas, he returned home to the farm in Drummond, rural Southland. There he opened a successful engineering business, and after reading a book about racecar construction he decided to give it a crack too. In the 1960s and 1970s, Begg built 18 race cars that took on some of the biggest names in the motorsport world. He showed the world just what Southlanders could achieve. We're looking forward to celebrating his achievements with you.