Your Guide to a Raceday at Ellerslie

The Races
20 December 2018
Ellerslie Racecourse is one of New Zealand’s most premier racetracks and provides racegoers with hospitality, entertainment and racing like no other. Ellerslie’s Christmas Carnival is just around the corner and it will be a spectacular celebration of New Zealand Racing. Check out our guide to Racing at Ellerslie…
 
Eat
 
Odettes Eatery
 
Odettes Eatery is the perfect place to start your raceday experience! Soak up the relaxed atmosphere and indulge in their exotic, Mediterranean inspired menu. From bircher muesli to braised short rib, fresh smoothies to bloody mary’s, there’s something for everyone.
 
Drive
 
Uber
 
Stating the obvious here.
 
Taxi
 
Book a taxi from Auckland co-op Taxi. Their main pick up and drop off point is gate 6, located outside the main entrance.
 
Train
 
Take the train to Greenlane Station. Once you have arrived, turn right and follow the signage to the track. Refer to this map for more detail.
 
Parking
 
Ellerslie offers complimentary parking for racegoers, however cars are not to be left overnight. If you’re planning on having a few glasses of bubbles, opt for one of the earlier options.
 
Race
 
From free entry family zones to private rooms and balconies, Ellerslie offers it all! Cuvee is a great area for those after a social and vibrant atmosphere. The New Turf on Champagne is the perfect spot to nurse any sore heads on New Year’s day, while digging in to a classically kiwi BBQ and watching the best horses in the country compete for over $1million in stakes.
 
Check out more hospitality options here.
 
Eat (Again)
 
Soul Bar and Bistro
 
Soul is the epitome of simple food done exceptionally well. Enjoy a light meal (read: Whitebait fritters - they’re outstanding!) while soaking in the view of the harbour post races. Stay put or wander around the viaduct and enjoy a night cap at some of Auckland’s best bars.
 
Masu
 
Nic Watt’s Masu provides a stunning example of Japanese food, using the traditional Robata method of cooking over an open charcoal grill. Nic has run Robata restaurants in London, Macau, Hong Kong, America and now Auckland is being treated to some of the best japanese around. The Yaki Gani (king crab leg, smoked wasabi lime butter) is a must!
 
Sleep
 
Novotel Auckland Ellerslie Hotel
 
A mere two minute walk from the racecourse, the Novotel Ellerslie offers great convenience for racegoers. Be quick though, the convenience factor also means the Novotel Ellerslie often sells out on racedays!
 
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
 
The grand oozes luxury, from their exquisite lobby to meticulous rooms. What’s more? The SKYCITY Grand is home to some of the best restaurants in Auckland including Masu and The Grill. Alternatively, ditch your heels, chuck on the hotel slippers and order room service.
 
We’d say ‘we hope you enjoy your Ellerslie experience’, but that’s just silly. We know you’ll enjoy your Ellerslie experience - Happy Racing! 

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