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Vodafone Derby Day
Saturday 5 March 2022

You missed it!

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


It’s your chance to witness some of NZ’s best horses & jockeys vie for sporting glory in the $1m Vodafone New Zealand Derby and, with a host of black-type races (plus more!) run in support, the opening day of New Zealand’s richest racing carnival is one you’ll not want to miss.  

COVID-19 Update


The Auckland region is currently sitting under the “Red” setting within the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework and with no date set for when the region may move to ‘Orange’, we have made the decision to restrict entry to Vodafone Derby Day.


Under this setting, events using the vaccine passport system cannot hold gatherings of more than 100 people in any one defined space. 


As a result, changes or cancellations have been applied to hospitality precincts and / or ticketing options in order to ensure the event can be safely conducted under the requirements of events at “Red”.

In addition, while the day’s racing will go ahead, cancellations have been made to off-track activities such as fashions in the field, all general admission areas and children's entertainment. 

The racecourse will be operating as a ‘Vaccine Required Venue’ with entry conditions applying – details of which can be found here.

Further requirements of racegoers, including how the Club plans to operate under these conditions, will be included in ticket purchaser letters. 


Primary ticket purchasers have been contacted directly by the Club with regards to refunds* and / or the offer to purchase tickets (where available) into those hospitality precincts that will operate under “Red”. Those people, along with Club members, were given the first right to purchase any available tickets (on a first-in, first-served basis), with those who have previously signed up to hear about new ticket releases being contacted shortly thereafter. 


* The refund request cut-off was 5.00pm, Thursday 24th February.

Owners will be allocated the Newmarket Bar & Lawn and will be required to RSVP their attendance. They will be contacted directly by the Club with regards to entry conditions and RSVP details. 


Those members who wish to attend and be based in one of the dedicated members’ rooms – as opposed to a hospitality precinct - are also required to RSVP their attendance.  Members who have previously supplied the Club with an email address and have not ‘unsubscribed’ from Club communications have been sent an email from the Club outlining RSVP and entry conditions. 


Sponsors have been contacted directly by the Club’s sponsorship manager with regards to this event.  


Limited hospitality precincts each seating a maximum of 100 people (excl. staff) in accordance with the COVID-19 Protection Framework 'Red' setting are available on a first-in, first-served basis.

You missed it!
Derby Day hospitality tickets Ellerslie.

Event schedule

11.00am - Gates & Ascot Stand open

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open


12.23pm - First race (of 10)

5.49pm - 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

Stella Artois 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, it's a great place to start if you aren't sure about what to wear. 

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New Zealand's national racewear final will be held online for 2022 but the race isn't over yet...

If you're still looking to gain one of those sought-after pre-qualification spots, the Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers are just the ticket. 

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

  • 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 

  • 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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