Vodafone Derby Day Auckland events NZ 6

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


Derby Day what to wear


"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.

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.

Photos from Vodafone Derby Day at Ellers

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...