North Island Events

Electric vehicles (EVs) aren’t the stuff of science fiction, they are very real and they are here to stay! 

If you haven’t seen an electric vehicle for yourself, come along to a Leading The Charge event.  At these events, you will be able to talk to some of the owners or read information about the current EV situation in New Zealand and what steps are being taken to increase uptake.  

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM · 6 rsvps
    Mangakino Lakefront Reserve in Mangakino, New Zealand

    Mangakino - 11 July - Lake Hop

    SATURDAY, 11th July 2019, 10 AM – 4 PM

    Live Music - Food - Market Stalls
    To register your vehicle and be eligible for our prize categories then complete your details at the below link.

    After such a successful event in 2019, the Mangakino Lake Hop is back on again in 2020.
    The event is free to attend.
    Registered vehicles: $15 ea / tshirt $40 / hoody $65
    Hosted by Mangakino Lake Hop
    EV Organiser and LTC champion: Robert Nicholls (Waikato EV Owners)
  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 09:00 AM through October 04, 2020 · 4 rsvps
    North Island loop

    EV NI Road Tour 2020


    SATURDAY 26th September – SATURDAY 3rd October 2020

    Register your interest:

    Join other EV Owners on the ultimate North Island Road Tour as we travel counter-clockwise from Auckland to Auckland via Hamilton, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Wellington, Feilding, Taupo, Tauranga, Coromandel and Thames.

    Low range cars may start a day early to get to New Plymouth from Auckland. Join in for the whole NI tour or just a section of it. Alternatively, take the ferry in Wellington to catch up with the SI tour in Westport.

    Don't have an EV that can go the distance?  Why not share a ride with friends. This tour is open to all EV owners/drivers and their families. You do not have to be a member of Leading the Charge.

    This is a rally style tour, and all expenses will be your own. This means you can travel as cheaply or as posh as you like. We'll list motels that we aim to stay in, but booking these will be optional.

    We've tried to make most days relatively short driving distances so that we have time to stop and visit some interesting places along the way. From wind farms to off-the-grid power stations, we'll even have a go at gold mining.  Visiting the Coromandel is a first for the Leading The Charge Road Tour.

    This year we will not be holding events at each stop, but if we get enough cars, we're sure to draw a crowd for some impromptu EV promotion. This is a fun week, for EV Owner camaraderie, and stretching your EV legs.


    Register your interest by filling in the following basic questionnaire, so we can keep you informed. This does not oblige you to attend at this stage. 

    Joint BBQ Dinner 2019 Great EV Road Trip

    More details to follow and keep an eye out on our EV 2020 Road Tour page: 

    2019 Wharerata Picnic lunch stopWharerata Roadside Picnic Stop

    Images from 2019 Great EV Road Trip: Picnic lunch at Wharerata. Joint dinner in Napier.