Easter Weekend Racing

Caitlin O'Sullivan
30 March 2021

Easter – a time to indulge in chocolate bunnies AND racing. With five racedays being held around the country this long weekend, you’re spoilt for choice!

Awapuni Racing‘s Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes Raceday, Saturday 3 April

Racing enthusiasts, do not miss your chance to witness Two-year-old Group 1 action for the final time this season. With the running of the Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, New Zealand’s richest two-year-old Group level race, you can bet your bottom dollar that the big guns will be out to play!

For the eventgoers among us, with big racing comes an electric atmosphere to match. Join the crowds for a day of celebration with friends and family, or dress to impress and enter The Plaza Fashion in the Field competition. With the Beatgirls performing after the last, kick up your heels and finish the day with a boogie.

Good to know:

Gates open at 11.00am

For more information or to purchase tickets, head to Awapuni Racing’s website.


Auckland Racing Club’s Autumn Raceday, Saturday 3 April

Get on-course at The Big E for FREE this Easter weekend. Kick back on the public lawn and enjoy a picnic with the family (don’t forget to pack some choccy eggs!), while watching some serious horse flesh do their thing around Ellerslie’s world-class racetrack.

Bring the junior members along - Ellerslie will be prepared with bouncy castles and swingball sets to keep them entertained. Be sure to pop down to the stabling areas and utilise the public access-ways to wish our four-legged friends good luck before they race. It’s the perfect day for anyone and everyone looking for something to do in Auckland this Easter weekend.

Good to know:

Gates open at 11.30am

For more information head to Ellerslie’s website.


Riverton Racing Club’s Easter Racedays, Saturday 3 April & Monday 5 April  

With a circus of free entertainment to keep the little ones entertained (think pony rides, bumper balls, mini jeeps, and a magician), Riverton’s Easter Circuit provides you with the ultimate family day out. Enjoy the sounds of musician Dene Allen between races and treat your tastebuds with an array of food trucks on-course. The best part – you get to do it all over again come Monday! 

Saturday will see the 111th running of the $50,000 Riverton Cup and fashion in the field competition.

Good to know:

Gates open at 11.00am

Tickets will be available for purchase on the gate.


Racing Tauranga’s Easter Raceday, Monday 5 April

The opportunity to kick back with mates and have a flutter on the ponies on a Monday doesn’t come around often – make the most of it! BYO is permitted on the public lawn (limited to one bottle of wine or six beer/ciders per person), should you want a few beverages to compliment your picnic packed with Easter leftovers.

If Sunday’s festivities have left you wanting more, indulge in Racing Tauranga’s hospitality offering for the day – Jazz on the Terrace. Enjoy a New Orleans inspired buffet lunch, a couple of drinks on the house, racebook and pen and live Jazz music between races, all from the Terrace overlooking the racetrack.

Good to know:

Gates open at 11.00am

For more information, head to Racing Tauranga’s website.

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