SkyCity Boxing Day Races - Sunday 26 December

General Admission

Be part of the roar of the crowd

Ticket price:

$20pp pre-purchase

Limited release: 4 for $60

Complimentary for Club members

$30pp on the day if not sold out prior

Senior citizens tickets $15pp on the day

Children under 15 free

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Our general admission areas provide a relaxed, laidback way for eventgoers to enjoy their day and offer excellent viewing opportunities of the racetrack and associated areas.

From the stables to the Parade Ring, the Birdcage and the track... you’ll have endless opportunities to get up close to the gorgeous horses in our general admission areas.

When it comes time to race, you have the option of either enjoying exceptional views from the covered, outdoor seating in the Ellerslie Stand or get as close as possible to the thunder of the track from the open space of public lawns which neighbour the home straight.

The Newmarket Room, located on the ground floor of the Ellerslie Stand, is open to the public and offers a range of tasty food & beverages to purchase.

You’re welcome to bring along your own picnic food, unopened non-alcoholic beverages, as well as chairs & picnic rugs for use in our outdoor general admission areas.


A general admission ticket provides you with the option of walking around the public pathways within the stabling complex.

Head into the Infield Family Zone 

Anyone with a General Admission ticket can also get access into the Infield Family Zone (middle of racetrack; accessible via pedestrian foot tunnel from grandstand side of racecourse) where there will be free children's entertainment.  Bars will also be open in that area, along with food vendors and betting facilities. We suggest families with young children may prefer to base themselves from this area on this day (picnic lunches welcome). 

Other information 

  • On-site, overnight parking is free however we strongly encourage guests leave cars at home. Ellerslie Racecourse is located close to public transport networks including the Greenlane Train Station which is a 600m walk away

  • Under 15s get free general admission and free admission into the Infield Family Zone

  • Senior citizen rates (50% off) apply for General Admission and Infield Family Zone precincts when purchased at the gate on the day. This discount is not valid for pre-sales

  • dress code is in place in all hospitality areas plus 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

  • All bar close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée & the Winning Post Bar. All wrist banded ticketholders on course are welcome to join the official on-site after party in Cuvée (R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons will not be permitted) 

  • Tickets are non-refundable and include a 2.5% transaction fee.  A separate booking fee of $1.50 per ticket also applies upon purchase

  • We encourage responsible drinking. Intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into Ellerslie Racecourse and will be removed from the grounds

  • We are a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted

  • 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