Marcus Gronholm wins the Rally NZ and in doing so clinches the 2002 World Rally Drivers' Championship; Harri Rovanpera is second making it a Peugeot 1-2; Peugeot also takes the Manufacturers' title. Subaru's Tommi Makinen completes the top three.

Overall times after SS26 / Leg 3 - Top 30:

1. Marcus Gronholm Peugeot 206 WRC 3hours 58mins 45.4secs
2. Harri Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC +03mins 47.6secs
3. Tommi Makinen Subaru Impreza WRC +04mins 26.3secs
4. Carlos Sainz Ford Focus RS WRC +05mins 48.9secs
5. Juha Kankkunen Hyundai Accent WRC +07mins 10.2secs
6. Freddy Loix Hyundai Accent WRC +07mins 52.5secs
7. Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC +08mins 24.5secs
8. Toni Gardemeister Skoda Octavia WRC Evo +08mins 56.1secs
9. Francois Delecour Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC +10mins 43.3secs
10. Armin Schwarz Hyundai Accent WRC +11mins 34.8secs

11. Tomasz Kuchar Toyota Corolla WRC +17mins 46.2secs
12. Bruce Herbert Subaru Impreza +18mins 12.6secs 13. Possum Bourne Subaru Impreza +19mins 26.1secs 14. Kristian Sohlberg Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +19mins 35.1secs 15. Martin Rowe Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +19mins 53.4secs
16. Richard Mason Mitsubishi Lancer V +20mins 53.6secs 17. Reece Jones Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +21mins 15.0secs 18. Giovanni Manfrinato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +22mins 34.1secs 19. Stig Blomqvist Mitsubishi VII +22mins 39.2secs 20. Alessandro Fiorio Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo VII +22mins 50.8secs

21. Natalie Barratt Hyundai Accent WRC +23mins 07.1secs 22. Manfred Stohl Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +23mins 50.8secs 23. Marcos Ligato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +23mins 53.0secs 24. Chris West Subaru Impreza +24mins 36.5secs 25. Dean Herridge Subaru Impreza +28mins 05.2secs 26. Juuso Pykalisto Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +28mins 29.4secs 27. Cameron Bates Subaru Impreza STI +29mins 40.0secs 28. Daynom Templeman Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +31mins 37.1secs
29. Clinton Anderson Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +32mins 11.1secs 30. Pieter Tsjoen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +32mins 25.0secs

Overall Group N after SS26 / Leg 3 - Top 10:

1. Possum Bourne Subaru Impreza 4hours 17mins 51.5secs 2. Kristian Sohlberg Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +00mins 29.0secs 3. Martin Rowe Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +00mins 47.3secs 4. Reece Jones Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +02mins 08.9secs 5. Giovanni Manfrinato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +03mins 26.2secs 6. Stig Blomqvist Mitsubishi VII +03mins 33.1secs 7. Alessandro Fiorio Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo VII +03mins 44.7secs 8. Manfred Stohl Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +04mins 44.7secs 9. Marcos Ligato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +04mins 46.9secs 10. Chris West Subaru Impreza +05mins 30.4secs

Notable retirements:

DNS. Alister McRae Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC Did not start - injured.
SS2. Kenneth Eriksson Skoda Octavia WRC Evo Went off the road.
SS4. Colin McRae Ford Focus RS WRC Went off the road.
SS11. Jani Paasonen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC Went off the road.
SS14. Markko Martin Ford Focus RS WRC Went off the road.
SS15. Richard Burns Peugeot 206 WRC Went off the road.
SS25. Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC Engine.

Key:

Italics denote Group N - Production class - entries.