Vodafone Derby Day

Ft. The Ned Prix de Fashion

Saturday 29 February 2020

There's nothing else like it. Welcome to a seriously enjoyable day out.

Join top class horses, trainers, jockeys & fashionistas as they converge to settle scores & confirm their reputations as the best in the country.

Featuring the $1 million Group One Vodafone New Zealand Derby; the national fashions in the field final - The Ned Prix de Fashion - plus the Hawaiian Airlines Menswear Award; the Jordan Luck Band playing live; free children's entertainment and a host of other races & entertainment in support, Vodafone Derby Day combines the best of everything Auckland Cup Week has to offer.

The greatest end-of-summer celebration, get your social life on track and come get swept up in an air of excitement as the drama of racing & fashion unfold before your eyes.

Event schedule*

11.00am - Gates open

12.15pm - First race (approx)

5.30pm - Last race (approx). All bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée and the Winning Post**.

8.30pm - Event closes

* Please note timings are subject to change

** Entry into Cuvée after the last race is free to racegoers aged 18yr+; a dress code applies & intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated.

Following the tradition of Derby Day events across the globe, black & white takes centre-stage and racegoers are encouraged to dress to the style theme (but it's not a requirement, including for the day's fashion competitions).

A dress code does apply in many areas including the Ascot Stand & hospitality precincts.


While we hate turning people away, this will be enforced as required.

If you're bringing the younger family members to Vodafone Derby Day, we've got some of the entertainment sorted with free children's entertainment available throughout the day.

We also offer free access into our stables (within the public viewing pathways) and children under the age of 15 years get free general admission into the racecourse - no ticket required.

More to come.

Gather the squad & pop the bubbles!


If you’re looking for people-watching prospects & an excuse to let your hair down on Vodafone Derby Day, the Garden Party is the precinct for you.  

Tickets $70 per person but hurry! This spot sells out fast.

Enter our “Pick the Winner” competition on the day and you could be winging your way there! 

Simply pick which horse you think will win the Vodafone NZ Derby ®, pop your entry in the corresponding box before entries close AND, if your pick wins the race, you’ll go in the draw to win 100,000 Hawaiian Airlines air miles PLUS three nights’ accommodation at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. **

The national fashions in the field final, The Ned Prix de Fashion, returns to Vodafone Derby Day

with a $20,000+ prize package and the title of being the country's best-dressed racegoer awarded to the winner. 


Entry into the day's Hawaiian Airlines Qualifier Round is free & open to female racegoers* and men aren't forgotten either with the Hawaiian Airlines Menswear Award also taking place on the day.

* Entry terms & conditions apply


Event information

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor public areas on course & can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site. Outside of hospitality areas, there are also a number of food outlets on site as well

  • Attending the races offers the perfect opportunity to dress to impress. 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 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • We encourage responsible drinking

  • Children under 15 years are free

  • 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

  • Whilst cash-out facilities and eftpos are available, we recommend you bring cash to help avoid queues at bars, food outlets & betting facilities

  • Free car-parking is available on course on a first-in, first-served basis but please note there is limited parking available in the carpark adjacent to the Southern Motorway & overnight parking is not permitted in that area due to a car fair taking place the following day (cars left there will be towed). This carpark provides the easiest access to the main entrance (Gate 6) and the raceday ticket collection booth, however it fills quickly

  • 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 Racing Board for promotional purposes

  • Event terms & conditions apply


**Entrants must be aged 18 years+. The winner must be on course & present themselves (with photographic identification) at the Raceday Office within ten minutes of the prize draw otherwise it will be redrawn. Further competition and prize partner Ts & Cs apply.

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