SkyCity Boxing Day Races

Thursday 26 December 2019

Auckland's great summer celebration.

With an air of excitement in all four corners of the racecourse; the most colourful fashion, high-octane racing, hospitality & family entertainment combine to bring you one of our favourite occasions.

Running for over 160 years, this is an event where no one misses out on the fun.

Iconic to Auckland’s social calendar, the SkyCity Boxing Day Races offer a winning trifecta of fashion, entertainment and some of the best thoroughbred racing on offer.

Keep reading to learn more about what's on offer this year...

Event schedule*

10.30am -  Racecourse gates & Hawaiian Airlines Fashions in the Field registrations open 

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open​

12.30pm - First race of 10 (approx)

1.00pm - Hawaiian Airlines Fashions in the Field registrations close

1.50pm - Hawaiian Airlines Fashions in the Field heats begin

5.53pm - Last race (approx) 

8.00pm - All bars on course close

* Please note timings are subject to change

Feature Races

Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic

SkyCity Eight Carat Classic

Hallmark Stud Handicap

Shaw's Wires Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes


Style Guide

"Pops of colour, fit for a day under the sun."

Make sure you're across the dress code as it is enforced in all areas on course, with the exception of the Infield Family Zone, General Admission and The Paddock (though we encourage racegoers in this precinct to dress in garden party-type attire). 


The Infield Family Zone returns and with it, some fun, free activities for the younger family members.

Free pony rides, a mobile barnyard and other activities will be on offer PLUS barbeque access to cook your Christmas leftovers on (or you can bring your own picnic food).

Earlybird tickets are $10 per adult (children under 15 years free) and you can bring your own picnic food, umbrellas, gazebos & deck chairs.



Auckland's original infield party precinct returns!

A line-up of DJs, pop-up food vendors, chilled beverages and a party vibe make this the place to be if you want to live it up with your mates this Boxing Day.

Limited earlybird tickets $65pp

Keen to have some fun and strut your stuff on the runway? 

The Hawaiian Airlines Fashions in the Field competition could just be the event for you.

Hawaiian Airlines Fashions in the Field, an event steeped in glamour & tradition, returns to the SkyCity Boxing Day Races.  

With free competition entry and a raft of amazing prizes on offer for both men & women, you've got nothing to lose! 


Event information

  • BYO alcohol is not permitted anywhere on-site however guests aged 18yr+ can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site with maximum drink restrictions applying throughout the event

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor general admission areas and the Infield Family Zone only.  BYO food & non-alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any hospitality precinct or the Ascot Stand ​

  • Personal-use gazebos & picnic set-ups are welcomed in the Infield Family Entertainment Zone and outdoor general admission areas, however they are not permitted in any hospitality precinct or Ascot Stand​

  • There is a dress code in all hospitality precincts (excluding infield, The Paddock and general admission) 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 

  • 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 or infield. 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

  • Whilst cash-out facilities and eftpos are available, we recommend you bring cash - particularly if you are in the Infield (no EFTPOS sales however cash out is available), The Paddock (limited EFTPOS sales) or general admission areas

  • Children under 15 years are free

  • Free carparking is available on a first-in, first-served basis - ALL cars must be removed from overnight-permitted parks by 10am 27.12.19

  • 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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