If the only interaction you’ve had with racing is watching the Melbourne Cup, then you’re going to want to head to Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day as, well, it’s kind of a big deal.
Dress down and get into the outdoor general admission areas for a relaxed, family-friendly approach or head to The Enclosure for a spot of people watching, pop-up food truck munching and, of course, that garden party-esque atmosphere everyone loves to be in.
Of course, if you really want to celebrate then grab a ticket into Cuvée (or get amongst the all-new Cuvée Riche which takes your day to another level) where you'll get to graze on a scrumptious gourmet buffet meal on some of the best seats in the house.
Let's not forget either those among us that head to the races to actually watch and enjoy the sport in front of them. If you fall into this category, then this day is going to be your jam as you're going to get to see some top notch horses and jocks out there fighting for the spoils. With black type races (think test match rugby status) scattered amongst the others, the quality of racing will be peaking in celebration of the last of Auckland's summer racedays for 2022.
Free children's entertainment keeps the younger ones between races and, after the last race, everyone* is welcome into Cuvée where a band kicks the party on.
If you’re looking for an event that comes pre-loaded with excitement, new-age tradition, food and one last chance to dress up before the weather chills, then do not delay – sort those tickets to the big day, stat.
*R18; free entry to raceday guests; dress code applies; intoxicated persons not permitted or tolerated and entry is subject to capacity.
Ellerslie Racecourse is 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
Please note timings and details listed are approximate & may be subject to change. For up-to-date event information, please visit the official website.