Summer race day at Ruakaka racecourse.

The Whangarei Racing Club races at the Bream Bay coastal village of Ruakaka. The picturesque location allows you  to watch the racing to the west from the elevated grandstand and the ocean waves to the east. The relaxed, intimate atmosphere of the course and the “winterless climate of Northland” makes for a very enjoyable day at the track for the winter season of June to September.

The sand based track provides for the best winter racing surface in NZ and attracts many up and coming horses working through their grades. It is the ideal facility and racing surface to get the best horses prepared for their spring campaigns in the Hawkes Bay or Australia. Recent high  class gallopers trained at the track and winning at the course include Volkstok’n'barrel, Valley Girl and Astaria.

 Next Race Meeting is on Wednesday 18 May 2016. The winter season of Saturday race meetings opens on June 18. The iconic Whangarei ITM Cup over 2100m is scheduled for Saturday July 23.


Upcoming Events

  • 18 JUN

    Saturday June 18 – Opening Saturday of 2016 Winter Racing Season

  • 09 JUL

    Saturday 9 July Waipu In Tartan Cup

  • 18 MAY

    Wednesday 18 May Lion Red Pubs&Clubs Punters Challenge – get your local involved!