About The Show


This show started as a Classic bike event for its first two years. In 2015 we expanded the show to include Custom bikes and had our best show ever. For 2016 (our 4th year) we are aiming to become all inclusive and include Modern bikes as well. Hence a change in the show name to The New Zealand Motorcycle Show. This name may change once we are able to confirm our prime sponsor for 2016.

The Show is run as a Charity Fund Raising Event on behalf of the Papakura Rotary Club with all profits going towards the support of Community Activities and is the largest bike specific show in New Zealand.

The 2015 show was staged on the weekend of 15th & 16th August at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. 4,000 visitors enjoyed the spectacle (and noise) of 475 bikes, 25 bike clubs and numerous trade stands selling everything from new bikes, through to clothing, accessories, spare parts, services and bike related information. The show contributed $70,000 towards charities in the community.

One of the highlights of the show was the auction of a new Indian Scout. This was generously donated by Indian NZ and prepared as a tribute to Burt Munro. The bike was themed with Burt’s racing colours, 35 race number and “Spirit of Munro” logo on the tank. The auction raised $36,700 for charity. The bike is now in Hays’ Engineering in Invercargill where it will be on display in the future alongside Burt’s original bike.

The show also features the New Zealand Classic Bike of the Year award. This is for a recent restoration of a Classic (currently pre 1993) bike and in 2015 was won by a very rare 1982 McIntosh Suzuki, restored by Dave Morley. In addition to the trophy, the award included a $1,000 cash prize, donated by Motorcycle Trader Magazine.

Further major prizes at the show include Best Bike in Show and Best Club, both adjudicated by professional judges and Peoples’ Choice, voted on by show visitors. These are also $1,000 awards and were sponsored by Star Insurance and the distributors of MotoBatt and Deka batteries.

18 marque contests are keenly fought out in categories ranging from Best Veteran (pre 1918) through to modern bikes including Best Custom, Best Chopper and Best Trike.

Entries for the contest part of the show can be done on-line and forms for these will be published on the web-site closer to the date. Any queries or commercial enquiries are always welcome either via the Contacts page or via nzmotorcycleshow@gmail.com

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The following motorcycle categories were contested in 2015:

  • Veteran (up to end of 1918).
  • Vintage (1919-end of 1931).
  • Pre-war (1932-end of 1945).
  • Post-war (1946-end of 1955).
  • Classic I (1956-end of 1966).
  • Classic II (1967-end of 1978).
  • Post Classic (1979-end of 1990).
  • Best Honda.
  • Best Kawasaki.
  • Best Suzuki.
  • Best Yamaha.
  • Best Continental.
  • Best American.
  • Best British.
  • Best Off-Road.
  • Best Japanese Dirt Bike.
  • Best Scooter.
  • Best Competition.
  • Best Custom.
  • Best Chopper.
  • Best Trike.

There will also be awards for:

  • Peoples Choice.
  • Best Club or Group Display.
  • Classic Bike of the Year.
  • Best in Show.