The Paddock

SkyCity Boxing Day Races

Saturday 26 December 2020

Turn up the raceday volume at Auckland's original infield festival.

After three consecutive sell-out years since inception, The Paddock, located within the infield (centre of the track) is the place to be at the Boxing Day Races. 

If you're wanting to spend your time trackside with mates, great tunes, pop-up food & chilled drinks to keep you cool under the summer sun (oh, check out some horse racing in the background), this is the precinct for you. 

Tickets​​ - SOLD OUT | NO sales on the day

You'll get:  A drink to quench the thirst on arrival (your choice of either a Smirnoff Seltzer or a Stella Artois); central spot in the infield close to the track; all-day music; a racebook in case you want to check out the colts & fillies; a food voucher to spend with the precinct's exclusive pop-up food vendors The Rolling Pin & Taco Loco; access into all other general admission areas on course (including the Infield Family Zone and racecourse side general admission area including Fashions in the Field; & a relaxed dress code.

  • $70pp - Earlybird - SOLD OUT 

  • $85pp - SOLD OUT

  • If you're a last minute scrambler on-the-day a ticket will set you back $100pp (subject to availability) - SOLD OUT. NO ON THE DAY SALES AVAILABLE

  • Group rate - Get nine friends on board and pay $780 for the 10 of you - SOLD OUT


2020 line-up
  • Jetski Safari

  • Hamish Crocker

  • Maxxy B

  • Brookland 


Is there an age restriction?

Yes. The Paddock is strictly R18 (and we'd also suggest it's not the place for you if you don't like loud music & partying); no children allowed; photographic ID will be required for entry.  This precinct is better-suited to the younger (but 18yr+) eventgoer for whom the actual horse racing takes a backseat  :) 

Is there a dress code?

Nope, but we'd still encourage you to dress to impress in your favourite summer attire. Think wedges or cute summer sandals, a crown or a sunhat, dress shorts & loafers and guys, don't forget the boaters! Just note that if you plan on going elsewhere on course on the day, check to make sure a dress code doesn't apply

Can I bring in my own food?

We've got a couple of pretty darn delicious food vendors coming in to sort the food and your ticket includes a voucher to redeem with one of them, so leave yours at home (food cannot be brought into The Paddock), and let them do the cooking for you

What about a gazebo?

No need to worry there either, we're bringing in shade & cover for you (so please leave your gazebos, picnic rugs and sun umbrellas at home as they won't be allowed in...)

Will there be good facilities for the fillies?  

There sure will! And gents, there'll be something there for you too

So, is this the same as an infield ticket?

No, this is an entirely different hospitality & entertainment precinct at the SkyCity Boxing Day Races. While it's located within the centre of the racecourse (infield) where the infield family zone is also located - you need a ticket for The Paddock in order to get access into this area. No other event ticket (including a standard infield family zone ticket or general admission ticket) will get you in here 

I have a ticket for somewhere else on course, will it get me into The Paddock?

No, it won't. You need to have a ticket for The Paddock in order to gain access into this precinct to be able to come enjoy the DJs and other entertainment on offer

Can I get into other areas on course if I have a ticket for The Paddock?

Yes, you can also use your Paddock ticket to get into the Infield Family Zone and the general admission areas on the grandstand side of the course (which includes the Fashions in the Field precinct)

I want to watch or compete in the fashions in the field competition, can I?

Yes, but you'll need to leave The Paddock and go through the pedestrian underpass which is located near the entrance to The Paddock, then head over to the general admission area on the grandstand side of the course to watch 

Can I listen to the music acts if I'm not in The Paddock?

No, you'll need a ticket into The Paddock in order to enjoy the beats from the precinct's acts

I want somewhere to sit down & watch the racing...

We'd suggest The Paddock may not be the one for you.  You can still see the races, but this is a PARTY precinct which is where the focus is and while there's seating, it's limited and on an unreserved basis.  If you don't like loud music & partying; you may be better off somewhere else. 

Where is the family area?

The family area is in the same location as previous years & is, like The Paddock, in the infield. You'll need either a standard infield ticket (provides access to the family zone only & nowhere else on course); otherwise, any other ticket (including a ticket for The Paddock) will also get you access into the family zone area in the infield.


Other Information​

  • Racecourse gates open at 10.30am. The Paddock opens at 11.30am & closes at 8.00pm (close time may be subject to change) 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • The Paddock is an R18 precinct - a suitable form of photographic ID will be required in order to gain entry

  • While there is no dress code into The Paddock, there is in other precincts on course so we suggest you check that out if you plan on going anywhere else other than the Infield Family Zone or grandstand general admission areas. We also encourage racegoers in this area to dress up in Garden Party styles (girls, aim for wedges or flats as you are on grass) 

  • We encourage responsible drinking

  • Intoxicated persons will not be granted entry to 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 to get you to and from the track. They will drop you off at the main entrance and you can grab one from the same place for the journey home. Ring 09 300 3000 to book

  • Otherwise, Ellerslie Racecourse is a short 5-minute walk from the Greenlane Train Station and close to many bus routes

  • Whilst cash and eftpos facilities are available, we recommend you bring cash to avoid queues on the day

  • Event terms & conditions apply

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