Saturday 17 October 2020

Great Northern Day

Rally the troops & join us at Ellerslie for contests of epic proportions – the 136th running of the Great Northern Steeplechase and Great Northern Hurdle races. 

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

Event Schedule*

11.00am - Gates open

12.20pm - First race (approx)

4.25pm - Last race (approx)


* Please note timings are subject to change

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

  • Children under 15 years  get free general admission 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • 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

  • There is free parking on course however as there is a car fair on Sunday in the Southern Motorway Carpark, any cars left overnight in that area will be towed

  • 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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