Vodafone Derby Day Auckland events NZ 6

Vodafone Derby Day

Ft. The Ned Prix de Fashion

Saturday 6 March 2021

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 Fashion Qualifier in association with Milford Centre and the Working Style Menswear Award; free children's entertainment; your chance to win a $1,750 trip to Queenstown in the Roaring Meg Pick the Winner competition; corporate hosting options 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 -  Racecourse gates & fashion entries open

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open​

12.10pm - First race (of 10)

Military Move, 2010 NZ Derby winner, leads the Vodafone New Zealand Derby field out onto the track

Singing of the National Anthem 

4.55pm - $1m Vodafone New Zealand Derby 


Then race presentation followed by planting of the Derby rose by the winning connections

Followed by the drawing of the winner of Roaring Meg's Pick the Winner competition (dais)


5.35pm - Last race  


THEN - The official on-site after-party kicks off in Cuvee with a band & DJ**

* All timings are approximate & subject to change. More times to be added at a later date!

Boxing Day Races at the Christmas Carniv

Feature races

Vodafone New Zealand Derby

Haunui Farm King's Plate

McKee Family Sunline Vase

FastTrack Mufhasa Stakes


Tickets & hospitality

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


What to wear to Derby Day at Ellerslie i

Following the tradition of Derby Day events across the globe, black & white takes centre-stage and racegoers are encouraged to dress to this 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.

If you're bringing the younger family members to Vodafone Derby Day, we've got their day sorted with free pony rides, swingball, bouncy castle, a mobile barnyard with cute & friendly animals to pay & cuddle, plus organised games.

Plus! Children under 15 years get free general admission.

We also offer free access into our stabling area so you can go visit every horse that's racing & wish them good luck.

You can bring a picnic lunch with unopened, non-alcoholic beverages (plus blankets and chairs!) to enjoy in outdoor GA areas

Free children's entertainment at this Au

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.  


Hurry though!  This spot has sold out quickly for the past three years. 

Garden Party on Derby Day at Ellerslie R
Photos from Vodafone Derby Day at Ellers

Want to see how the day went down last time?

You can view photos from Vodafone Derby Day 2020...


Think you could have what it takes to be among the best dressed on course? Or just want to get up on the fashion runway and have some fun?

If so, you should enter the day's fashion competitions!

There's the Working Style Menswear Award plus, for the ladies, there's the 'last chance' Fashion Qualifier in association with Milford Centre which will see four women make the regional final of The Ned Prix de Fashion (the national racewear final), which takes place later in the afternoon.

Entry into the competitions is free for all racegoers aged 18yr+.

Racewear fashion on Vodafone Derby Day a
Prix de Fashion on Derby Day at Ellersli

Fancy being in to win a $1,750 trip to Queenstown?

Thanks to Roaring Meg, one lucky racegoer is going to win just that.


Simply select which horse you think will win the $1m Vodafone New Zealand Derby, put your entry in the corresponding entry box by the information kiosk and cross your fingers that your pick wins the race. If it does, you're in the draw to WIN!

The competition winner's name will be drawn from the dais following the race presentation.

Entry Ts & Cs apply. 

Vodafone Derby Day is proudly supported by

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. 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. Any cars left overnight in the Southern Motorway carpark will be towed as there is a car fair taking place the following day (Sunday)

  • 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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