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Racing at Ruakaka in 2021.

The Club is pleased with the draft allocation of race meetings for the second half of 2021. If the allocation is confirmed through the 2021/22 Dates Calendar approval process, there would be eight race meetings across the winter of 2021. The winter season would commence with two mid-week meetings in April and May followed by six Saturday meetings across June, July, August and September.

Bill Colgan 0 104

Thank you! It was great to see such a big crowd enjoy the Trigg Family Fun Race Day on Thursday.

It was just over a year since we could invite public and our members to a race meeting at Ruakaka so were so lucky to get just the perfect summer weather. A great crowd with many children enjoyed the many fun activities and the racing. The course was stretched and to indicate the size of the meeting the betting was fifty percent higher than the same meeting a year ago.

Bill Colgan 0 101


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Welcome to Ruakaka Racing

The Whangarei Racing Club is an incorporated society, promoting and assisting the development of the sport of thoroughbred horse racing in Northland by conducting race meetings, horse training and other events and functions at its Ruakaka Racecourse on Peter Snell Road, Ruakaka. Trainers also utilise the Bream Bay beach that adjoins the eastern edge of the racecourse.


Racing at Ruakaka is held at various times throughout the year but has the reputation of being a strategic NZ thoroughbred racing winter racetrack with its sand based profile. Being only a ninety minute drive from Auckland north shore and twenty-five minutes south of Whangarei in the Marsden Point greater region, the course attracts many summer holiday visitors with the Summer Festival Race meeting in January, its winter racing season of Saturdays in June, July and August and then its premier Spring Into Racing meeting that features the Northland Breeders Stakes (LR).


The Ruakaka facility is a key community asset providing recreational facilities to the local pony club and major fund raising opportunities for charitable organizations such as Mid-western Lions, Surf Life Saving Club and school associations.


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Some great moments from Ruakaka Racing!