Irish Raceday Party Auckland 2021 Ellers

Avondale Cup & Guineas Day

Ft. Irish Raceday Party

Saturday 19 February 2022

Free general admission

Shake your shamrock; the Irish Party is back on a day that celebrates the running of the Avondale Cup & Guineas races.

Each year, Ellerslie Racecourse explodes in a sea of green when Auckland’s Irish contingent (and their friends) descend upon the course for their annual raceday knees-up.   

Apparently there are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were; so we’re calling on you to come channel your inner leprechauns for the return of our popular & colourful Irish festivities in 2022 which are, undoubtedly, New Zealand's biggest Irish party at the races .


The horses have already confirmed their attendance with the feature races, the Avondale Cup and Guineas, set to entertain.​

General admission is free.

Event schedule*

11.15am - Gates open

12.20pm - First race

5.00pm - Last race 

* Timings are approximate and subject to change 

FREE general admission & access into the Irish party

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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

  • General admission is free, however there are also ticket options available for purchase and private rooms & spaces available for hire too 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • A dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including the Ascot Stand (smart casual is expected for general admission areas). 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 

  • 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. 

  • 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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Tickets & hospitality

General admission & entry into the Irish party in the Newmarket Room (ground floor, Ellerslie Stand) is free. 

You may also choose to take things up a level and either purchase tickets into the Ascot Stand or Silks - or book your own room or space to host your own raceday function - a great idea for stag & hen parties, birthdays or corporate hosting.