The big race, the great day and one final hurrah to one incredible summer of racing.
Join the crowds to cheer on racing's athletes as they vie for Auckland Cup Week's namesake silverware and their place in the history books.
Featuring the Group 1 $500,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® PLUS a host of other races & entertainment in support, Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day delivers a buzz like nowhere else.
The greatest end-of-summer celebration, get your social life on track and come get swept up in an air of excitement as the drama of racing & fashion unfold before your eyes.
Add to this good people, chic marquees, delicious food and the hunt for a winner and you've got an event like nothing else.
11.00am - Racecourse gates & fashion entries open
11.30am - Hospitality precincts open
12.45pm - First race (of 10)
6.15pm - Last race
THEN - The official on-site after-party kicks off in Cuvee**
* All timings are approximate & subject to change. More times to be added at a later date!
Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup
Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes
Tickets & hospitality
Whether you want to party it up, network up a storm in a corporate marquee or private space, live it up in a shared dining precinct such as Cuvée or Silks, or park up in general admission areas & soak up the racing and free family entertainment, there's something available for you.
Buy your tickets now & take advantage of our earlybird offers!
"Dress to the nines with a touch of blue."
Racegoers are encouraged to dress to the style theme and although it's not required, it's a great place to start if you aren't sure what to wear.
A dress code applies in many areas including the Ascot Stand, hospitality precincts and after the last race in Cuvée. While we hate turning people away, this will be enforced as required.
We've got the little ones sorted with free children's entertainment and general admission for the under 15s.
We also offer free access into our stabling area so you can go visit every horse that's racing & wish them good luck.
You can bring a picnic lunch with unopened, non-alcoholic beverages (plus blankets and chairs!) to enjoy in outdoor GA areas.
Auckland Cup Day® is proudly supported by
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 or tolerated)
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