Horse Racing

Glamour, fun and excitement! Whether a sophisticated high stake meeting or races on the beach this  is a great day out.

Racing is a long-established sport in New Zealand, stretching back to colonial times.

There are 69 thoroughbred and 51 harness clubs licensed in New Zealand. Racecourses are situated in 59 locations throughout New Zealand. In the past year, more than one million people attended race meetings across New Zealand The bloodstock industry is important to New Zealand, with the export sale of horses – mainly to Australia and Asia – generating more than $120 million a year.

Auckland Region

Auckland Racing Club, New Zealand’s premier Racing Club, showcases the thoroughbred industry, was established in 1874 and hosts 26 race days throughout the year. The course at Ellerslie is renowned for the beauty of its grounds and its steeple chase track.


Wellington Racing Club at Trentham Racecourse is the home of Thoroughbred Horse Racing in the Wellington region. The track design is widely acknowledged as one of the best in Australasia, a fact demonstrated by the amount of world records broken on it over the years.


For over 150 years the Canterbury Jockey Club has been at the forefront of New Zealand racing conducting some of the most prestigious races in the country. Riccarton Park is home to over 20 race days per season.

Addington Raceway is the country’s most prominent harness racing venue, hosting the New Zealand Trotting Cup.


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