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...
10.30am - Racecourse gates & Ascot Stand open
11.30am - Hospitality precincts open
12.30pm - First race (of 10)
5.15pm - Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic
5.50pm - Last race
8.00pm - All bars close
* All timings are approximate & subject to change
Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic
Jamieson Park Eight Carat Classic
Hallmark Stud Handicap
Shaw's Wire Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes
Tickets & hospitality
Whether you want to park up in jandals, party it up in The Paddock, heel up & strut the runway or just dress up and enjoy your day, there's something available for you.
Infield Family Zone
This fun area offers a relaxed, 'DIY' vibe to the day along with free activities for younger family members to enjog.
You can bring your own picnic food (no BYO alcohol but unopened, non-alcholic beverages are okay), umbrellas, gazebos & deck chairs into this area.
"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).
Fashions in the Field
Keen to have some fashionable fun?
The day's fashion competition could just be the thing for you.
With free competition entry and a raft of amazing prizes on offer for both men & women, you've got nothing to lose!
BYO alcohol is not permitted anywhere on-site however guests aged 18yr+ can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars 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 (public) 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
A dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including 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
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
Children under 15 years get free general admission and discounted rates in those hospitality precincts that are not R18
Senior citizen rates apply to general admission tickets when purchased at the gate on the day
Free car-parking is available 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