SkyCity Boxing Day Races

26 December 2021

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 & 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

Feature races

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.

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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.


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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). 


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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! 

More info coming soon
The Paddock Infield Festival Ellerslie B

Auckland's 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.​


Event information

  • 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