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.
Iconic to Auckland’s holiday calendar, the SkyCity New Year's Day Races offer a winning trifecta of high-class thoroughbred racing, free family entertainment & tradition. Keep reading to learn more about the event!
11.00am - Racecourse gates open
11.30am - Hospitality precincts open
12.30pm - First race (of 10)
5.50pm - Last race
THEN racegoers aged 18+ are welcome to head into Cuvée (Ground floor, Ascot Stand)
* All timings are approximate & subject to change
SkyCity City of Auckland Cup
Rich Hill Mile
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 and, what's more, if they're under 15 years of age they also get FREE general admission.
Free activities will be on offer on the general admission lawn for younger racegoers to enjoy.
You can bring your own picnic food, unopened non-alcoholic beverages, umbrella, deck chairs and more to help enjoy your day with.
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.
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