COVID-19 Update

With the COVID-19 Protection Framework ‘Red’ setting restricting gatherings to no more than 100 people, we regret to inform you that the 'Champagne Lawn' hospitality precinct is no longer going ahead.  

Existing primary ticket purchasers have been refunded in full, less the booking fee.  If you purchased your ticket(s) via a card, your refund was issued to that card. If you paid via other means, you should have received contact from us. 

  • To see what hospitality options are currently available, click on the link below.

SkyCity Boxing Day Races - Sunday 26 December 2021

Champagne Lawn

Wine, dine and watch the wins

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If you’re looking for a fun precinct that’s shared with likeminded people on Boxing Day, there’s nothing quite like the infamous Champagne Lawn.

You’ll love the buzzing atmosphere of this sell-out spot where you can drink in the views of the racecourse, and, equally important, take in the social festivities happening all around you.

Located right beside the track & on the prestigious Champagne Lawn, you have the flexibility to stay based at your reserved table, mingle with other like-minded guests on the lawn or get close to the day’s racing as the horses thunder past.


The Champagne Lawn sells out every year so don’t miss out on one of the SkyCity Boxing Day Races’ liveliest locations and make sure to book your tickets now.

A Champagne Lawn ticket also provides you access into general admission areas on course (meaning you can participate in, or watch, the day's Fashions in the Field competition and go around public pathways within the stabling complex) and go over to the Family Entertainment Zone in the infield (centre of racetrack).

Package includes:
  • Your own reserved seat at a table on the Champagne Lawn with sweeping views of the home straight and winning post

  • A delicious gourmet BBQ lunch designed by our award-winning chefs incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients & including hot items from the grill, salads, dessert, tea & coffee

  • A complimentary drink on arrival of either a bloody mary, flute of Champagne or beer. As well as access to a cash bar featuring Champagne, selected still & sparkling wines, light & standard local & imported beers, a selection of spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Racecourse & Champagne Lawn admission, racebook

Please note: 

  • Seating is in tables of 8.  If less than 8 tickets are purchased, you may be required to share your table with others

  • Racecourse gates open at 11.00am* – this hospitality option opens at 11.30am

  • This hospitality option is set outdoors. In the event of bad weather, while we can't move the ‘option' itself, we will provide partygoers with access to a covered area on course

  • While not encouraged, under 18s are permitted in this area under strict parental (or legal guardian) supervision. They require a full-priced ticket in order to gain entry. We ask parents & guardians be aware of the fact that alcohol will be sold and consumed in this precinct, and gambling facilities are available

  • Prices include GST

* May be subject to change

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ellerslie Racecourse will be operating as a “vaccination required venue” while Auckland operates under the COVID-19 Protection Framework ("traffic light" system), or similar. As a result, racegoers will be required to present a valid COVID-19 Vaccine Pass along with a suitable form of photographic identification in order to be able to enter the racecourse. * Children under the age of 12 years and three months, as well as those who present a valid "medical exemption from [the approved COVID-19] vaccine(s)" as issued by New Zealand's Ministry of Health in conjunction with a matching and legal and valid form of photographic identification, are not required to show a valid My Vaccine Pass in order to obtain entry into our site(s).