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Manawatu R.C.

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Manawatu R.C.

Manawatu Racing Club was established in 1880 and now races nine times a year at the Awapuni Racecourse which is also used by three other Clubs for their fixtures. The course is the busiest training and racing venue in the lower half of the North Island, regularly attracting big crowds for its feature racedays.

The colour, atmosphere and excitement of a day at the races provides an entertainment experience unlike any other. There is no better way to be part of the action than to become a member at one of the Racing clubs that race at Awapuni. Join today and you and your guest will be able to come racing at Awapuni racemeeting throughout the year. Membership at Awapuni can also entitle you to rights at Wellington Racing Club racemeetings.

Membership Options Include:

  1. Race Premier membership $175
  2. RACE (full) membership $100
  3. Country Club Member & Guest $40
  4. Country Club Single Member $30
  5. Under 30 Member $30
The Awapuni Lounge situated on the first floor of the members stand is for our valued members only. Members will also have opportunity to reserve a table at a discount  to advertised rates on those days that the Silks Lounge is available.

Hospitality packages are on offer at most meetings throughout the year. This is an opportunity to entertain guests, clients, staff or friends in style, with first class facilities and uninterrupted views of the course.

The package will include:
  • Buffet luncheon
  • Cash bar or all inclusive beverage package
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Racebook per guest
  • Private tote facilities
  • MC to host the day


Members and patrons need to be aware that Awapuni Racecourse as part of its obligation under the Sale of Liquor Act operates a total ban on BYO alcohol anywhere on the Awapuni racecourse grounds.

The policy was introduced after discussions with the New Zealand Police and local liquor licensing authorities. Oncourse patrons may still bring picnic hampers with food and non-alcoholic drinks on any day. All patrons and their possessions will be subject to searches before entering the racecourse. Patrons with prohibited items (alcohol) will be asked to dispose of the alcohol or have the items confiscated.

Patrons who refuse to participate in searches may be denied entry. Patrons found with BYO alcohol on the grounds will have the alcohol confiscated and may be evicted from the venue. For Boxing Day, 18-25 wrist bands have been introduced. All patrons 18-25 who are consuming beverages on-course will be required to obtain and display an 18-25 identifying wrist band.

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The following courses are used by Manawatu R.C.: