New Zealand Bloodstock

Karaka Million

Saturday 25 January 2020

One spectacular event

Thousands of entertainment-seekers converge on course each year for an incredible combination of socialising, racing & entertainment.

A staple date in many an Aucklander’s calendar, the Karaka Million draws a stylish crowd from far & wide, here to celebrate an extraordinary event. 

For little over one minute, a glittering crowd will hold its breath as 14 of the country’s most promising two-year-old thoroughbred horses & some of our best jockeys compete for their share of one of NZ’s richest sporting purses – the $1,000,000 Karaka Million.

And if one million-dollar contest wasn’t enough, we've thrown in another million dollar race - the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic – and more Group status races run in support. 

Off the track, the party is just as rich with the who’s who of racing mixing with an influx of Auckland’s social set in any number of sell-out precincts on course.

The racecourse absolutely buzzes from the get-go and, once we've set the night alight with something that's guaranteed to make your insta-story; all racegoers* are welcome to converge in Cuvée where we will carry the party on 'til late.

*R18; raceday dress code applies; intoxicated persons not permitted or tolerated

Style Guide

This highly-anticipated event calls for luxurious fashion with a touch of glamour.


A day at the races offers an excuse to dress up like nowhere else in Auckland & OMF Melbourne Cup Day is no different. 


Tickets & Hospitality

Offering an unmatched range of entertaining options, be our guest and take your pick from the affordable, to the exclusive through to the exceptional VIP options on offer on New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million.


Event schedule*

Free general admission & parking

3.00 pm - Gates open

4.10 pm - First race (of six races)

7.20 pm - Last race 

All bars close shortly after the last race except the Cavallo Club, Cuvée and the Winning Post. All guests that are on course are welcome into both Cuvée & The Winning Post until the event closes; however please note that a dress code applies, these are R18 areas and intoxicated persons will not be permitted

* Please note timings are approximate & may be subject to change

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Event information

  • BYO alcohol is not permitted anywhere on-site, however guests aged 18yr+ can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site 

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor public / general admission areas on course & can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site. There are a number of food outlets on site too. BYO food & non-alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any hospitality precinct or the Ascot Stand

  • There is a dress code in all hospitality precincts (including Silks, the Cavallo Club, the Garden Party and the after-party in Cuvée) and 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. 

  • Free 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)

  • We strongly encourage you 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 or infield. Ring 09 300 3000 to book

  • We encourage responsible drinking & intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into Ellerslie Racecourse 

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

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • Whilst cash-out and eftpos facilities are available, we recommend you bring cash to help keep queues at bars & totes to a minimum

  • 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 Racing Board for promotional purposes

  • Event terms & conditions apply

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