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SkyCity New Year's Day Races

Saturday 1 January 2022

Auckland's great summer celebration.

With an air of excitement in all four corners of the racecourse; high-class thoroughbred racing, hospitality & free family entertainment combines to bring you one of Auckland's favourite occasions - the SkyCity New Year's Day Races

This is an event where no one misses out on the fun.

Event schedule*

11.00am - Racecourse gates open

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open​

12.44pm - First race (of 10)

6.08pm - Last race  

THEN racegoers aged 18+ are welcome to head into Cuvée (Ground floor, Ascot Stand) where our DJ will be playing (intoxicated persons not permitted or tolerated; dress code applies)

* All timings are approximate & subject to change

New Year's Day Races at Ellerslie Raceco

Feature races

Sistema Railway

SkyCity City of Auckland Cup

Rich Hill Mile

SkyCity Auckland Guineas

Valachi Downs Royal Stakes

Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes

Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship Final

Free family entertainment

We're bringing some free activities for the younger ones to enjoy between races on the Newmarket Lawn (all tickets provide access to this area) including a bouncy castle and swing ball games.

What's more, if they're under 15 years of age they also get FREE general admission. 

You can bring your own picnic food, unopened non-alcoholic beverages, umbrella, deck chairs and more to help enjoy your day with in outdoor general admission areas.  


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The Turf on Champagne Cup Week Auckland

Did someone say

Bloody Mary?

The Turf on Champagne - a fantastic outdoor hospitality precinct on the Champagne Lawn - is just the spot to get over the night before, and into the day's racing.

Offering a Bloody Mary on arrival (for those in need - otherwise we'll sort you out with a beer or sparkling wine), a laid-back vibe and brilliant views overlooking the home straight, this is one top-notch location to welcome in the New Year.

Event information

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

    • There are a number of food outlets in general admission areas and the Ascot Stand. Food is included in other hospitality precinct tickets

  • 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

  • There is a dress code in all hospitality precincts and the Ascot Stand (general admission excluded). While we hate turning people away, the dress code will be enforced as required and entry may 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. 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

  • Senior citizen general admission rates apply at the gate on the day

  • Whilst cash-out facilities and eftpos are available, we recommend you bring cash 

  • Children under 15 years are free

  • Free overnight car-parking is available on a first-in, first-served basis

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