SkyCity Boxing Day Races - Sunday 26 December 2021
Infield Family Zone
The ultimate family day out
Children 15 and under free
$20pp on the day if not sold out prior
Senior citizens tickets $10pp on the day
Located right in a precinct within the centre of the racetrack, our family-friendly zone returns for the Skycity Boxing Day Races 2021.
This is the area if you're seeking a laid back way to spend your SkyCity Boxing Day Races and need a little 'additional entertainment' to keep the little ones happy.
This area has a range of FREE children's entertainment - including pony rides, a bouncy castle, swingball sets, organised games & activities PLUS and a mobile barnyard - to keep the younger ones entertained between races.
Bring your own picnic lunch or use our giant BBQ to cook your Christmas Day leftovers off. Otherwise, let some of the food vendors do the hard work for you and purchase food off them.
You’re also welcome to bring along your own unopened non-alcoholic beverages, as well as chairs, umbrellas, picnic rugs (etc) to this precinct (just note that you will need to carry your items in from the car park).
Bars will be operating within this area from which you can purchase non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages from (a suitable form of photographic ID will be required for any alcoholic beverage purchases).
Family entertainment zone ticket(s) DO NOT give access to any other precinct on course, including The Paddock (also in the infield) and those general admission areas located on the grandstand side (including where the Fashions in the Field competition is located). If you wish to access those areas, you will need to purchase a ticket in advance & note that a dress code may apply in other areas
Free, overnight parking is available in various carparks oncourse on a first-in, first-served basis. Extensive parking is available in the infield (centre of the racetrack) – this is the best option for ticketholders attending precincts within the infield. The infield carpark can be accessed either through Gate 1 off Ascot Avenue or, to avoid potential traffic delays, enter via Derby Downs which is accessible off Ladies Mile
The Derby Downs entrance will be ENTRY only from 10.30am until 3.00pm when it will become EXIT only
The Tecoma Street motorway off-ramp (exit 434) provides a quick way to access the Derby Downs entrance for those heading from the north
There is also limited parking available in the carpark adjacent to the Southern Motorway on a first-in, first-served basis. This carpark provides the easiest access to the main grandstand side entrance (Gate 6) and the raceday ticket collection booth, however it fills quickly & will require a walk around the racecourse perimeter to the infield for those with infield-only tickets
Access into this carpark is via either Ascot Ave or Mitchelson Street
If you are arriving on foot from outside the racecourse grounds into the infield, you must use Gate 1
If you do not have a ticket to elsewhere on course (such as General Admission, The Paddock, Cuvée), you will not be able to enter the infield from the grandstand side of the course & will be required to walk around the perimeter of the grounds
There is no raceday ticket collection booth operating and raceday ticket(s) are required in order to gain access from the carparks & into the racecourse grounds, including the infield precincts. If you have any ticketing queries on the day, you will first need to go to the Ticket Booth located by Gate 6
Cash & EFTPOS
To keep queues at bars to a minimum, only cash will be accepted within the infield family entertainment zone. We suggest bringing cash with you on the day, however cash-out facilities will also be available within the infield precinct
Fashions in the Field
If you wish to watch or be a part of the Fashions in the Field competition, your Family Entertainment Zone infield ticket will NOT provide access to the grandstand side the course where the competition takes place. To get access to that area, you will need at least a standard general admission ticket
There is no dress code in the Infield Family Entertainment Zone however one does apply in other areas on course. Please check it out if you have tickets for different locations as entry may be refused if it is not adhered to
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
A 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