Auckland Cup Week

6 & 13 March 2021


As of 6.00am on Sunday 28 February 2021, Ellerslie Racecourse is closed due to the current alert level in Auckland. 

If you had purchased tickets to Vodafone Derby Day, 6 March 2021, you can expect to receive an email from our ticketing team regarding a refund on Monday (1 March).

If you are a contractor or supplier involved with Vodafone Derby Day, your ARC contact will also be in touch with you.


This website and our social media channels will be updated as and when new information comes to hand.

To read the latest announcement from NZ Thoroughbred Racing & Auckland Racing Club, click here

Welcome to Auckland Cup Week® 2021 – Two magical days, one magnificent event.

The sound of a crowd’s roar and scents of perfume fill the air. World-class horses, their muscular coats gleaming in the warm Auckland sun, thunder past an expectant audience whose dreams are riding on an outcome just milliseconds away. 

Between times some gather to watch the colour & pageantry of the day’s fashion, where a headpiece & outfit could be the difference between prize or participation. 


Meanwhile out on expansive green lawns and inside decadent marquees & rooms, groups mingle & enjoy the company of others, snapping photos to ensure the memories last forever.

Throughout, flutes of an elegant French champagne are clinked, fine beverages are consumed and mouth-watering fare is savoured. 


And then, when the official proceedings are over, everyone gets together & kicks up their heels at the on-site after-party in celebration. 


Vodafone Derby Day Auckland events NZ 6

Vodafone Derby Day

6 March 2021

Welcome to a seriously enjoyable day out.

Join top-class horses, trainers, jockeys & fashionistas as they converge to settle scores & confirm their reputations as the best in the country.


Style guide

Follow the 'black and white' dress code if you so choose and enjoy a day of glamour. 

Barfoot & Thompson

Auckland Cup Day

13 March 2021

The big race, the great day & one final hurrah to an incredible summer of racing.

Join the crowds to cheer on racing's athletes as they vye for Auckland Cup Week®'s namesake silverware and their place in the history books.


Style guide
Dress to the nines and incorporate a touch of blue into your ensemble for this massive farewell to the summer of racing.

Auckland Cup Day things to do in Aucklan

Auckland Cup Week® is proudly supported by

Event information

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor general admission (public) areas on course & can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site. There are a number of food outlets on site too

  • Children under 15 years get free general admission

  • Senior citizen general admission rates apply at the gate on the day  

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • A dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including the Ascot Stand. While we hate turning people away, the dress code will be enforced as required and entry will be refused if it is not adhered to. Please ensure anyone you are purchasing tickets for is aware of this. 

  • All bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée & the Winning Post Bar. All guests on course are welcome to join the official on-site after party in Cuvée (R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons will not be permitted)

  • We are a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted

  • We encourage responsible drinking

  • Intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into Ellerslie Racecourse

  • We strongly encourage you to taxi to the track and leave your car at home. Don’t drink and drive, use our preferred taxi supplier Auckland Co-op Taxi who will drop off / pick up at the main entrance. Ring 09 300 3000 to book

  • Ellerslie Racecourse is located close to public transport networks including the Greenlane Train Station which is a 600m walk away

  • Free car-parking is available on course on a first-in, first-served basis. Any cars left overnight in the Southern Motorway carpark will be towed as there is a car fair taking place the following day (Sunday)

  • Promotional photographs, social media content & film footage will be taken at this event. By entering the racecourse, event-goers consent to use of their image by the Club & New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing for promotional purposes

  • Event terms & conditions apply

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