Magic Wonder winning Great Northern Stee

Sunday 19 September 2021

Free general admission | Hospitality options available

Great Northern Day

Rally the troops & join us for the Great Northern Steeplechase and Great Northern Hurdle. 

Two of some of the fiercest sporting competitions in New Zealand, competitors race over distance, tackling all number of hurdles or larger brush jumps and the famous Ellerslie Hill in a fierce battle to the winning post and their place in sporting history.

There’s no such thing as body armour, roll cages or airbags where these guys come from; just nerves of steel, athleticism & a whole of lot of trust as some of the country’s bravest horses & jockeys race to sort out the pretenders from the contenders.

And aside from the heart-stopping, nail-biting, adrenaline-filled theatre, what’s in it for you as a spectator? 

Not only an action-packed day at the races, but a chance to say you were part of history as the next chapters in New Zealand’s great jumps races were written.​

Free general admission


Free bouncy castle and swingball sets for children to use


Racegoers are also welcome to walk around our stabling complex
Refer to map in racebook for public accessways

Event Schedule*

11.30am - Gates open

12.20pm - First race

4.55pm - Last race

* Please note timings are subject to change

The Cossack Great Northern Hurdle winner
Win a helicopter ride to the races.jpg

WING your way to the races

WIN! Purchase a ticket to any raceday across our 2021/22 season before 1 Sept 2021 and go in the draw to wing your way to Ellerslie in style.*

Our lucky winner (and up to five friends) will get flown to the races in a helicopter, collected from the landing spot by golf cart and taken straight to the gate of their precinct - VIP or what?!

TO ENTER: Use the promo code FLY when purchasing your ticket(s)

*Terms and conditions apply

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

  • Ellerslie Racecourse is a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted

  • A dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including the Ascot Stand. While we hate turning people away, this will be enforced as required 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • We encourage responsible drinking

  • Intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into, or tolerated in, 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

  • There is free parking on course.

  • 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