Summer is officially hereee. Hello beach road trips, long evenings and excessive consumption of ice cream (the best part). If you thought the only way to have a good time was to leave Auckland, think again! There’s plenty of fun to be had in this amazing city of ours!
Yep, we’re talking about the much-loved New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival at Ellerslie Racecourse. It’s time to assemble the squad, doll yourself up and head to the races—yee-hah (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).
While we’re not experts in the wonderful world of racing, we DO know a thing or two about having a good time. To ensure YOU also have a good time, we’ve rounded up all of the race days you need to know about.
If You Want An EPIC Day Out With Your Squad
Go to: Boxing Day Races | Monday 26 December
Known as the ultimate party day in The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival, the Boxing Day Races is not to be missed! The racecourse is absolutely BUZZING with festivities. Hear the thunder as the horses gallop past right before your very eyes and try your luck at betting—just don’t come crying to us if the odds don’t work in your favour.
The Boxing Day Races is the perfect excuse to get dressed to the nines (massive hat mandatory) with the prestigious Fashions in the Field competition going down. There will be games for kids and a whoole lot of wining and dining.
Go all out with an exclusive Cuvee ticket, giving you access to one of the best locations on course. You’ll be treated to a buffet lunch, Champagne on arrival and unlimited selected bevvies. Get all the deets on the Boxing Day Races plus all the ticket options here.
If You’re Down For A Chilled Day Out
Go to: Summer Raceday | Thursday 29 December
The whole fam can party it up at Summer Raceday. The littlies (and adventurous uncles) will be kept entertained with a swing ball park and bouncy castle. Pack your own picnic (complete with leftover Christmas ham) and eat the day away in the sunshine. Find out more here.
If You’re Keen To Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
Go to: New Year’s Day Races | Sunday 1 January
Dust off from the night before and get on down to the New Year’s Day Races—carpe diem, guys! It’s the perfect way to welcome in 2017 and set your intentions for the year ahead—seize every opportunity for funnn!
Our advice? Spend the day on the Champagne Lawn where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the home straight and winning post. They’ll also be sizzling up a gourmet BBQ dinner complete with dessert—yum! Click here for info.
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