Summer at the Ellerslie Race Course

With summer approaching you won’t need to look far for entertainment. The Ellerslie Racecourse has a variety of fun social events for Aucklanders who want to let their hair down. So mark your calendars because here are five events you won’t want to miss.


Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Night

Sure to be a memorable night for Aucklanders who love a fast-paced, glamorous part is Barfoot & Thompson’s Twilight Summer Night.

The Jockey’s World Cup Prelude is making its return after an immensely successful launch in 2017.

Ellerslie’s Cuvee Bar will provide plenty of entertainment once the sun sets, so Kiwi’s can party the night away.

Key Information:
Thursday 13th December 2018
Gates open at 3.30pm
First Race at approx. 4.45pm
Last race approx. 7.45
Tickets from $10pp


The Christmas Carnival – Boxing Day Races

An iconic day for Aucklanders is the Boxing Day races. After over 160 years this legendary event is set to be bigger than ever for 2018.

Auckland Racing Club’s summer festival The Paddock is back and will be located in the infield. Great tunes, delicious food and chilled drinks will be provided so Kiwis can enjoy some fun in the sun.

The Family Zone is perfect for those with children, all day entertainment is provided for kids of all ages.

Fashion in the Field provides an up-close look at extravagant race day fashion. The competition is open to all and is the perfect chance for you to flex your Sunday bests.

Key Information:
Wednesday 26th December 2018
Gates open 10.30am
First Race approx. 12.45pm
Last Race approx. 6.00pm
Tickets start from $20pp for General Admission


New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million

Renown for being one of the biggest parties of summer, this event is perfect for those looking to rub shoulder with the who’s who of Auckland and party the night away alongside them.

With an all-new fashion competition, live music and classic races, this party will last well into the night and it a glamorous way to welcome in the new year.

Key Information:
26th January 2019
Gates open 3.00pm
First race approx. 4.45pm
Last race approx. 7.50pm
Tickets from $20pp


Auckland Cup Week at Ellerslie Racecourse

Held over two magical days, this is New Zealand’s richest racing carnival. Vodafone Derby Day will open the extravaganza and Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day will close.

With first-class horse racing, racing pageantry and fine food and drinks what is not to enjoy about these wonderful days.

The Ned Prix de Fashion is sure to be a highlight on day one, while the second day will feature an on-site after party where guests can kick up their heels and celebrate the end of a wonderful summer.

Key Information:
Saturday 2 & 9 March 2019
Gates open 11.00am
First race approx. 12.30pm
Last rice approx. 6.00pm
Tickets from $20pp