Clubs & Courses
Manawatu R.C.Clubs & Courses Index
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:
Race Premier membership $175
RACE (full) membership $100
Country Club Member & Guest $40
Country Club Single Member $30
Under 30 Member $30
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
PATRONS PLEASE NOTE No BYO ALCOHOL ALLOWED On Awapuni Racecourse
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.
Manawatu Racing Club
PO Box 52, Palmerston North 4440T: 06 356 4940
F: 06 354 2885
Manager: Brent Wall1
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The Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes – March/April
The Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes is the Manawatu Racing Club’s most prestigious raceday of the year. Established in 1908, the Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes will be run for the 106th time at Awapuni in March 2014.
With $550,000 in prizemoney on offer, this meeting is one of the richest and most exciting autumn events on the New Zealand Racing calendar – consistently attracting a high-class field from throughout the country.
The Sires Produce Stakes is one of only three Premier meetings at Awapuni. Premier racedays are the highest profile meetings on the New Zealand Racing Calendar.
Off course attractions on The Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires Produce raceday include live entertainment, Fashions on the Field, singing of the National Anthem, racebook competitions and much more.
December – Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup
This second Premier raceday offers another exciting raceday. Awapuni is part of the Christmas at the Races and hosts fabulous Christmas parties for the festive season. The course will come alive with thrilling racing action including the Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup and Manawatu Challenge Stakes. There will be, live entertainment and plenty of on-course fun. The popular Manawatu Punter Of The Year is also held on this day. Prepare for the festive cheer and reserve your place for a Christmas celebration to remember.
February - Interislander Summer Festival Awapuni Races
Kids are spoilt for choice at Interislander Summer Festival Awapuni Races! There is something for the whole family to see and do with free all day kids entertainment, exciting thoroughbred racing action and live music! Pack a picnic and join Manawatu Racing Club at Palmerston North’s premier racecourse this summer.