Swooning for a hooning? Feel the need for speed? Careen around the race track and leave your mates in the dust at one of Tāmaki Makaurau’s best spots for Go Karting. Whether you’re a total noob or a seasoned pro with hundreds of hours honing your craft on Mario Kart, there’s a place on the speedway for you.
Start your engines, here are the bestGo Karting places in Auckland.
The only two-level Go Kart track in Aotearoa, Extreme Karts is a hella good time. Their karts have been designed specifically for their track and boast 200cc engines—that’s a whole lot of horsepower. Even more impressive, they use the same timing system as professional race tracks so your laps will be timed down to a 1000th of a second. Expect technical hairpin corners and a long fast straight.
If drifting’s more your style make a beeline for Blastacars. Their handcrafted karts, which are both Worksafe and Qualmark certified, will have you zooming around the track like a total legend. Visit on a whim or hire a function room and bring the whole crew. Longer and thinner than regular Go Karts, Blastacars are easier to handle, are more comfortable for adults and come in three speeds with the fastest topping out at 390cc. Dang.
Talk the torque at Game Over, flooring it around the track in Go Karts that reach speeds of 65 kilometres per hour. Powered by an electric motor, these karts have a lower environmental impact than regular karts making them a better pick for you and the planet. Go head-to-head with your buddies in a 15-lap kart race or combine with a laser tag mission and a game of Jurassic Park-themed mini putt for the full monty, battling on in the arcade afterwards.
Okay so Hampton Downs technically isn’t in Auckland but if you’re wanting to take your Go Karting to the next level, the road trip is worth it, 100%. With one of the longest outdoor tracks in the lineup—a whopping 530 metres long—and the fastest karts (which can reach 70 kilometres an hour), you’re sure to have a blast. The undulating sprint track will put your skills to the test, there’s the option for a two-seater kart if you’re keen to have a buddy while racing and their helmets come with GoPro mounts so you can capture the day’s shenanigans for reminiscing (read: bragging) later.
Dating back to 1959, KartSport Auckland is a club for Go Karting stans. If you’re serious about getting into Go Karting their ‘Have A Go’ package is the jackpot. For $150 you’ll get a two-hour personal training session where you’ll learn the ins and outs of how the club works, receive a safety briefing and get kitted out in the club’s safety gear and get to test-drive a kart on their epic 680-metre long track. Afterwards, if you’re head-over-heels with the sport you’ll receive a bunch of vouchers and get paired with a club mentor to help you get started.
Done your dash Go Karting? Challenge your mates to a game of bowling.
Image credit: Blastacars, Game Over.