Twilight Races in Auckland at Ellerslie.

Barfoot & Thompson 

Twilight Summer Night

ft. Sweet Mix Kids

Thursday 10 December 2020

Turn it up at the Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Night - a party like nowhere else.

The festive season will descend upon us before we know it and as work slowly starts winding down for the year, your social life should be heating up.


Kicking off late afternoon & leading into a warm summer's evening, there's plenty of entertainment on offer at this party - whether it's out on the track or from around the bar.  

An event not to be missed, think your standard raceday - glamorous & stylish - but at the same time fast-paced and action-packed.


It's racing as the sun goes down and that means get set to party! 

Each year Aucklanders descend on upon Ellerslie Racecourse for this crowd-favourite event, soaking up the buzzing atmosphere of a fast-paced evening at the races in any number of precincts.

Then, once the horses have gone to bed, everyone gets together & really lets their hair down in our contemporary Cuvée Bar at the on-site after-party ft. SWEET MIX KIDS

Event schedule*

  • 3.00 pm: Gates & the Garden Party open

  • 3.30 pm: All other shared hospitality areas open 

  • 4.15 pm: First race (of six) 

  • 7.10 pm: Last race 

  • THEN: The official onsite after party kicks off in Cuvée ft. SWEET MIX KIDS 


All bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée and the Winning Post.  All guests on course are welcome into those areas until the event closes but please note, this is an R18 event, a dress code applies & will be strictly enforced. Intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated.

* All times are approximate and subject to change


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Twilight summer night races at Ellerslie

Tickets & hospitality

Always a sell-out event & hugely popular for Christmas parties, there's range of ticketing options on offer to suit your mood & budget.

Take your pick between shared hospitality precincts, your own  private space or even do it your way in general admission. 

What to Wear

Part raceday, a lot party - we suggest you have fun with your outfit & incorporate a little 'cocktail hour' into your racewear look.  


Headpieces aren't compulsory but an on-trend crown, headband or hair 'jewel' wouldn't go astray - it is the races, after all. 

Style Spotters will also be out roaming for the night's best dressed... with the winner (as judged by Facebook votes on their photo) taking home a $100 Friday.Candy voucher.


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The racing

Six races will be run on the evening, headed up by the Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Cup.  


If you're not a racing person, don't worry!  Check out the below links for some good things to know.

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Click the box below to see how much fun was had last year.

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Event information

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor general admission (public) areas on course & can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site. There are a number of food outlets on site too

  • Children under 15 years get free general admission 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • A dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and 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 bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée & the Winning Post Bar. All guests on course are welcome to join the official on-site after party in Cuvée (R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons will not be permitted)

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

  • We encourage responsible drinking

  • Intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into 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 who will drop off / pick up at the main entrance. Ring 09 300 3000 to book

  • Ellerslie Racecourse is located close to public transport networks including the Greenlane Train Station which is a 600m walk away

  • Free car-parking is available on course on a first-in, first-served basis. 

  • 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

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