COVID-19 Update

We regret to inform you that the 'Turf on Champagne' hospitality precinct is no longer going ahead.

Existing primary ticket purchasers will be refunded in full, less the booking fee.  If you purchased your ticket(s) via a card, your refund has been issued back 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 New Year's Day Races - Saturday 1 January 2022

Turf on Champagne 

Wine, dine and watch the wins

Ticket price:


$920 table of 8

Club member discounts apply

Seating is at tables of 8

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If you’re looking for a relaxed, shared precinct on SkyCity New Year’s Day, there’s nothing quite like spending the day on Turf on Champagne.

You’ll love the easy-going atmosphere of this prime location where you can enjoy a SkyCity New Year’s Day with racing happening right beside you a delicious meal and drink in the views of the racecourse & surrounds.

Located right beside the track on the 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 on the neighbouring track.

Grab your Bloody Mary on the way in (a sure-fire cure for that sore head from the night before), and relax trackside for the day.  It's the perfect spot to ensure you start the new year as you mean to go on - with delish food, drink and quality racing, of course!

Package includes:
  • A delicious gourmet BBQ lunch designed by our award-winning chefs. Your lunch will feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and includes hot items from the grill, salads, dessert, tea & coffee

  • A complimentary Bloody Mary on arrival (or a beer / flute of sparkling wine if that's more your thing) with access to a cash bar featuring Champagne, selected still & sparkling wines, light & standard local & imported beers and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Your own reserved seat at an outdoor table within The Turf on Champagne precinct with sweeping views of the home straight and winning post

  • Racecourse & The Turf on Champagne 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 11.30am* – this hospitality option opens at 12.00pm

  • 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).