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 racecourse absolutely buzzes from the get-go and, once the horses have packed up their saddles, racegoers* are welcome to converge in Cuvée, the Cavallo Club or The Winning Post Bar where we carry the party on 'til later.
* Entry terms, restrictions & limitations may apply. R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons not permitted or tolerated at any time
3.00pm - General admission gates, Ascot Stand & the Garden Party open
3.30pm - All other hospitality precincts open
4.26pm - First race (of six)
7.45pm - Race 6 (last race)
THEN - All bars close shortly after the last race except for the below areas which racegoers are then welcome into**
** All timings are approximate & subject to change
$1,000,000 Doubletree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO
Order of Entry
$1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic
Order of Entry
Group II $100,000 Westbury Classic
Group III $70,000 Cambridge Stud Almanzor Trophy
Group III $70,000 Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap
$100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup
Race names correct for 2021's event - may be subject to change for 2022's event
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).
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, the Garden Party is for you.
Hurry though - this precinct sells out well in advance with tickets in hot demand.
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
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
All bars close shortly after the last race, except those in The Cavallo Club, Cuvée & the Winning Post Bar. All guests on course are welcome into those areas however entry restrictions apply including: R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated, entry may be refused depending on numbers in the space(s)
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. 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, event-goers consent to use of their image by the Club & New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing for promotional purposes
Event terms & conditions apply