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Whangarei R.C.

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Whangarei R.C.

The Club is based at Ruakaka Racecourse, adjacent to the Bream Bay coast at the Ruakaka beach. The Club has 9 meetings per season with its main racing period being mid-April to mid-September to take advantage of the well-draining sand surface during the wet winter season. The racing surface is kikuyu turf with rye under-sown for the winter. The venue has a local horse population base of between 60-80 from a small group of trainers who take advantage of the all-year-round access to the beach and two training tracks. The trainers include Chris Gibbs, the family team of Rae Racing, Kim Knight, Terry Powell and several smaller stables located off-site. The course is 90 minutes north of Auckland harbour bridge and 25 minutes south of Whangarei with several accommodation operators based in nearby One Tree Point, Ruakaka and Waipu.

Membership: Annual subscription $50 incl GST is due in line with the racing season of 1 August to 31 July.

Full details of the Club, membership and its activities can be found at or email the Club [email protected] to request more information.

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