- The rally kicks off on Thursday evening with a start ceremony at Pukekawa Auckland Domain followed immediately by a 1.40km super special stage within the city centre park.
- Friday's monster leg features classic stages in the Whaanga Coast and on Waikato region roads near Te Akau. They create a hugely challenging opening leg that comprises more than half the rally’s competitive distance.
- Competitors journey north of rally base Auckland on Saturday for a double run through Kaipara Hills (15.83km), Puhoi (22.63km) and Komokoriki (5.60km). A return to Auckland for service separates the loops, which add up to 88.12km.
- Sunday’s finale comprises a new stage at Whitford Forest Te Maraunga Waiho (8.75km) and the purpose-built Jack’s Ridge (6.42km). Both are driven twice, with the second run of Jack’s Ridge forming the bonus points-paying Wolf Power Stage.
- The 17 tests cover 276.44km.
The stunning Whaanga Coast speed test launches the opening leg of New Zealand's first WRC fixture in a decade. Set amid breathtaking scenery near the North Island town of Raglan, Whaanga Coast skirts the picture postcard Tasman Sea coastline and is regarded as one of the rallying's greatest stages of all time.