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Saturday 22 January 2022

New Zealand Bloodstock

Karaka Million

Two million reasons to attend

Thousands of entertainment-seekers converge on course here at Ellerslie 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 to celebrate an extraordinary event.

For little over one minute, a glittering crowd will hold its breath as the country’s most promising thoroughbred horses & some of our best jockeys compete for their shares of some of NZ’s richest sporting purses - the $1,000,000 DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO and the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic - with 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 best dressed will also be rewarded with a $400 voucher from Dry & Tea (more on that below).

The racecourse absolutely buzzes from the get-go and, once the horses have packed up their saddles, bars will remain open to keep the party going.

After the last race bars will remain open and racegoers are welcome to stay where they are. They can also move from where they are into**:

  • - Cuvée** (ground floor, Ascot Stand) where a band then Jetski Safari will be playing

  • - The Cavallo Club (outside, Newmarket Lawn);

  • - The Winning Post Bar** (ground floor, Ascot Stand).

** General Admission tickets will not provide entry into The Winning Post Bar or Cuvée at any stage.


​Please note that entry terms, restrictions & limitations may apply to the above-mentioned areas. These areas are R18, a dress code applies and intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated at any time.

Event schedule*

3.00pm - General admission gates, Ascot Stand & the Garden Party open

3.30pm - All other hospitality precincts open

4.29pm - First race (of six) 

7.48pm - Race 6 (last race


* All timings are approximate & subject to change

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Feature races

$1,000,000 DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO
View the Order of Entry 


$1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic
View the Order of Entry 

Group II $150,000 Westbury Classic


​Group III $110,000 Cambridge Stud Almanzor Trophy


Group III $110,000 Brighthill Farm Eminent First Yearlings Concorde Handicap

$110,000 Collinson Forex Karaka Cup


Auckland's million dollar party

From a relaxed general admission approach, through to the party atmosphere of the Garden Party, the outdoor vibes of the Cavallo Club, indoor dining of Silks, your own private function or more - this night has something for everyone.

With two million dollar races & group races in support, this truly is NZ's richest night of racing. 

The two $1,000,000 features are only open to those horses sold through New Zealand Bloodstock's national yearling sale and they qualify through either stakes money won (2-year-old race) or rating (three-year-old race).

Want to see more reasons why you should come celebrate the Karaka Million 2022 with us?


View photos from last year's event...

Gather the squad & pop the bubbles


If you’re looking for people-watching prospects & an excuse to let your hair down on Auckland’s million dollar night - plus be based where the music is after the last race - the Garden Party is for you.


Hurry though - this precinct sells out well in advance with tickets in hot demand. 

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

Our style spotters will be out looking for some of the night's best dressed. From them, finalists will be selected with an album of those top looks published on our Facebook page after the event.

The winning look (the one whose photo gets the most 'likes') will win a $400 voucher from Dry & Tea  PLUS one ‘voter’ will also win a Dry & Tea Deluxe Blow Wave voucher valued at $90. 

The hottest spot on course... in association with Leefield Station

A sell-out since its launch, this is a fantastic outdoor spot to soak up the evening's electric atmosphere with tickets into this precinct also getting you access into Cuvee after the last race...

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The lads from Boys Get Paid are returning to the Karaka Million to run the country's biggest-ever Punters Club. 


Their aim? Beat the bookies and get everyone who's involved sorted with a payday! 


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

  • Children under 15 years get free general admission 

  • Senior citizen general admission rates apply at the gate on the day but are subject to availablity 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • A dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including the Ascot Stand and at the after-race functions on course. 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

  • After the last race bars will remain open. Racegoers* are also welcome to move from where they are into Cuvée** where Jetski Safari then a band will keep things going, the Cavallo Club or The Winning Post Bar**

    • ​* Entry terms, restrictions & limitations may apply. R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons not permitted or tolerated at any time

    • ** After the last race General Admission bars will remain open and those ticketholders can also go into The Cavallo Club. General Admission tickets will not provide entry into The Winning Post Bar or Cuvée after the last race 

  • We are a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted. We encourage responsible drinking and intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into, or tolerated while in, the racecourse grounds

  • 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 Taxis, who will drop off / pick up at the main entrance. Call 09 300 3000 to book

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

  • 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, eventgoers consent to use of their image by the Club & New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing for promotional purposes

  • Event terms & conditions apply

  • Ellerslie Racecourse will be operating as a “vaccination required venue” while Auckland operates under the COVID-19 Protection Framework ("traffic light" system), or similar. As a result, racegoers will be required to present a valid COVID-19 Vaccine Pass along with a suitable form of photographic identification in order to be able to enter the racecourse. Children under the age of 12 years and three months, as well as those who present a valid medical exemption from [the approved COVID-19] vaccine(s)" as issued by New Zealand's Ministry of Health in conjunction with a matching and legal and valid form of photographic identification, are not required to show a valid My Vaccine Pass in order to obtain entry into our site(s). Click here to read more about the conditions of entry relating to COVID-19.