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Shitbox Rally was originally founded in Australia in 2010 and in 2016 we ran the rally for the first time internationally, with New Zealand as our chosen location.

New Zealand is not as vast as Australia so it does not take as long to get off the beaten track, but the roads, locations, mountain passes and terrain are completely unique and will be highly challenging for both teams and their Shitbox.

Shitbox is not a race, it is 100% a challenge to test cars worth no more than NZD/AUD$1,700 over vast distances and variable terrain over a full week all in the name of charity.

This rally is for those that want to have an adventure, that crave something different, something memorable, but most importantly, it’s for those who want to raise much needed money for charity.

Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether it be parents, family, close friends, people we know or ourselves that have battled or are battling cancer, this all too common and the horrid disease has touched us all. We not only want to raise awareness and money for our chosen charity, but we want to be able to offer support and a friendly ear to those that have suffered or are suffering.

This event is a fundraiser for, and officially endorsed by the Cancer Council (Australia) and Cancer Society (NZ).













How does it work?

Each team needs to raise a minimum (hopefully a lot more) of $4,000 to participate in the rally. The teams get to choose who they fundraise for, either the Cancer Council (AUS) or Cancer Society (NZ).

Teams source their own cars which must be worth no more than AUD/NZD$1,700 and also must not be an AWD/4WD vehicle. Registration/roadworthy costs can be on top of the budget/value, as can some safety items. We’ll give you more details about what does and doesn’t count once you’ve signed up. 




What does it cost?

We want to keep the costs to participants down as much as we can. The teams put a lot of effort into fundraising, which is why we cover some of the costs for the car and work to keep other costs to you as low as possible.

The costs for you that come out of your pocket are as follows;

Approx Costs (in AUD) per team of 2

  • Registration fee: $770 (incl GST)
  • Catering and Camping: $140/day (approximately)
  • Flights to and from NZ if you don’t live there (clearly)
  • Pre and post rally accommodation
  • Cost of fuel for duration of the rally


Feeding & Sleeping

This trip is not about creature comforts. This is a challenge and at times it will be dirty, dusty and tough. But it’s going to be an amazing experience and something that you will remember forever. We will be camping at all but the last location. Therefore you will need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and mattress or swag.

The final 2 nights (post rally) we will stay in a hotel. We will secure discounted rates for the participants and we will provide you with the booking details once you have signed up.

We organise (where possible) all of your meals and all of your accommodation locations. We will provide you with an itinerary that will list what we are doing at each place and the costs for everything. You will have plenty of advanced notice in case you need to take care of your own lunches etc, you will know all about it well in advance of departure.




The requirements are 2 people/drivers per team. The reason for this is that we may need all the extra room we can get for passengers of those machines that can’t manage the entire journey. Also by keeping only two people per team it means that we can get more teams into the rally as we are limited by a total number of people we can take on the rally.

All teams need to raise a minimum of AUD$4,000 / equivalent NZ dollar amount to participate in the rally, so with two of you your individual commitment is only $2,000 fundraising each. So get onto friends, work colleagues, family and start thinking of some ideas to boost your fundraising.

Cancer Council and Cancer Society send out a welcome pack once your team is confirmed with fundraising tips and other information including your official ‘Authority to Fundraise’ letter. We also provide a lot of tips for fundraising that we know work well.

Throughout the year we will be in contact with you, providing monthly newsletter updates on everything from fundraising to route conditions and how the teams are going.

All teams will have a direct line to the rally director & coordinator who will ensure you have all of the information you need to fundraise and to ensure you get to the start line.


The Cars

The only stipulations we have for your car is that it’s worth no more than AUD/NZD $1,700 and that it’s not an AWD/4WD vehicle. Registration/roadworthy costs can be on top of the budget, as can some safety items. We’ll give you more details about what does and doesn’t count once you’ve signed up. There are plenty of cars on and for $1,700 if you are in Australia and on or  for NZD $1700 or less.


Get creative and turn up in something that’s truly memorable – it’ll make the adventure that much more rewarding when you are in the middle of New Zealand, 200kms from anywhere, and you’re trying to fix a split water pipe with duct tape, string and pliers.

Getting all of the cars across the line is very important to us. We’ll all work together to get as many shitboxes from start to finish as possible.



It is not a race, but there will be a winner. Prizes are awarded at the end of the rally. The main prize, or 1st place if you like will be judged on a number of factors including how hopeless your car is, how much you have gotten into the rally spirit, how much your team has raised and a number of other undisclosed reasons that I will generally make up as the rally unfolds.