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 children's 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.
"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. The Ned Prix de Fashion - 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. Competition entry is free for all racegoers aged 18yr+ and there's even a menswear competition too.
*R18; free entry to raceday guests; dress code applies; intoxicated persons not permitted or tolerated. 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). Visit the official website to read more about the conditions of entry relating to COVID-19.
Please note timings and details are approximate & may be subject to change. For up-to-date event information, please visit the official website.