Vodafone Derby Day
Saturday 5 March 2022

The kick-off to Auckland Cup Week 2022, get set to frock-up, rock-up and indulge on 5 March.

The thrill threshold is set with the running of the $1,000,000 Vodafone New Zealand Derby and off-track, lap-up all the glitz, glamour and fashion you could ask for with The Ned Prix de Fashion, the national racewear final.


If that's not enough, the day's vibrant social scene coupled with vino, champs, frothy brews, food and even free entertainment for the little ones will be sure to keep anyone entertained all day long.

Then, once the horses have been sent to bed, the party kicks-on in Cuvée* where live music helps you kick up those hooves and celebrate the day that was.

Whether you want to party it up, network up a storm in a corporate marquee or private space, live it up in a shared dining precinct such as Cuvée or Silks, or park up in general admission areas & soak up the racing and free family entertainment, there's something available for you.

Derby Day hospitality tickets Ellerslie.

Event schedule

11.00am - Gates & Ascot Stand open

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open


12.15pm - First race (of 10)

5.40pm - Last race  

* All timings are approximate & subject to change. 

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Feature races

Vodafone New Zealand Derby

Haunui Farm King's Plate

McKee Family Sunline Vase

FastTrack Mufhasa Stakes


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"Get into the international Derby spirit and embrace black and/or white... if you so wish"

Racegoers are encouraged to dress to the style theme and although it's not required (not even for the day's fashion competition), it's a great place to start if you aren't sure about what to wear. 

More updates to come! 

Everyone can go into our stabling area to visit every horse that's racing & wish them good luck (refer to the racebook map for public accessways).

Picnic lunches with unopened, non-alcoholic beverages (plus blankets and chairs!) are welcome to be brought into outdoor GA areas. 

Plus! Under 15s get free general admission.

Weekend events for families in Auckland.
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Who will take out New Zealand's national racewear final?

The most coveted racewear title in the country returns to Vodafone Derby Day in 2022 and with it, a $15,000+ winner-takes-all prize package. 


The party continues

Once the last race has been run and the jockeys have hung up their saddles, join us in our on-site bar, Cuvée** for live music.

Derby Day what to wear

Due to Auckland being in Alert Level 2 at the time, 2021's event was held 'behind closed doors'...

Want to see how the day went down in 2020 instead?​


 View photos from Vodafone Derby Day 2020...

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 

  • Senior citizen general admission rates apply at the gate on the day 

  • 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.  R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated, entry subject to capacity

  • We are a fully-licensed venue and encourage responsible drinking. BYO alcohol is not permitted and intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into, or permitted at any time within, the grounds

  • We strongly encourage cars be left at home and alternative methods of transport are chosen. Ellerslie Racecourse is located close to public transport networks including the Greenlane Train Station which is a 600m walk away.  Taxis are also able to drop off and pick up on site

  • 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

  • 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). Click here to read more about the conditions of entry relating to COVID-19.

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