Put Your Fancy Clothes On, Auckland Cup Week Is Returning To Ellerslie Racecourse

New Zealand’s richest racing carnival, Auckland Cup Week, is returning to Ellerslie Racecourse in March 2021. Expect to see lots of colourful dresses and fancy hats as world-class horses race for the win.

Indulge yourself amongst the racing fashion and horses with free children’s entertainment, mouth-watering food and champagne on the trackside.

Vodafone Derby Day features…

  • The $1 million Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby
  • The national fashions in the field final – The Ned Prix de Fashion, plus the Fashion Qualifiers in association with Milford Centre and a Menswear Award
  • The chance to win a trip to Queenstown (valued $1,750) with Roaring Meg’s ‘Pick the Winner’ competition
  • Live music
  • Free children’s entertainment and a host of other races and entertainment in support

Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day provides a brilliant end to the week with…

  • The running of the $500,000 Group 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup
  • The popular running of the Auckland Clydesdale Cup
  • The Style Stakes fashion competition
  • Another chance to win a $1,750 trip to Queenstown with Roaring Meg’s Pick the Winner competition
  • The official “after the last race party” with a band and DJs

Event dates:

Saturday 6th and 13th March 2021.


Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland. 

Key event information:

  • Get your tickets from ellerslie.co.nz
  • Tickets start from $20 per person, shared hospitality precincts and private areas are also available
  • Children under 15 years old get free general admission and senior citizen general admission rates apply at the gate on the day
  • Gates open at 11:00am*
  • Vodafone Derby Day: First race at 12:25pm* | Last race at 5.40pm*
  • Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day: First race at 12.45pm* | Last race at 6.15pm*
  • Free parking is available onsite and the  Ellerslie Racecourse is just a 600m walk from Greenlane Train Station

*Times may be subject to change.