Lovers of horse race, it’s still summer in New Zealand and an opportunity to have unforgettable moments. The Interislander Summer Race Festivals is an ultimate summer gathering if you book your spot now for a fun-filled day out. It’s happening at Tauherenikau Racecourse, Wellington/Wairarapa, on Thursday, 6th February.

Make plans to escape with friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable day in a stunning setting. Also, you will enjoy relaxed atmosphere with fantastic live entertainment. Treat yourself to classic summer memories with live music, great food and drink, free kids’ entry and exciting racing action.

(Photo: The Races NZ Facebook Post)

The Summer Race Festivals are sponsored by Interislander and More FM and have been on nationwide from December 26, 2019. The season will close on February 16, 2020. Beat the crowds and pre-book a guaranteed great view of the track with a range of packages. There are options to suit your personal or group’s style, size and budget. Better still, you could just relax in the sunshine with a low-key picnic on the lawn.


General admission is $20.00 per person but under 18s are free. Hospitality packages are available from $150.00 per person. You can enjoy this day of glamour in the newly renovated Rose & Smith at Tauherenikau – a boutique venue. Perfect for corporate groups.
Gates open at 10:00am.

Interislander Summer Festival picnic pack worth $300 to be won! (Photo: The Races NZ Facebook Post)

For Corporate Groups

Your package includes, return transport from Wellington Railway Station, admission to races, welcome drink on arrival and gourmet lunch. The bus leaves Wellington Railway Station platform 9 at 10.45am and will return at 6.00pm. You can book tables for 8 guests. However, individual tickets are also available.

Be in your own marquee

Also, enjoy this fantastic day in your own mini marquee for a group of 10 people from $750.00 per group. Book now as only a limited number of marquees are available! Your package will include, reserved marquee for up to 10 people with beautiful picnic hamper supplied. A non-catered option is available at $500.00

Package for kids

There will be lots of activities on-course to keep the kids entertained, which includes, More FM Kids Go Racing Area. Other activities include, More FM Sack Race, Interislander Tug of War and Great Journeys of New Zealand Sprint Race. Be in to win a $500 Interislander voucher in the Great Journeys of New Zealand Coin Toss. Bring the kids down for heaps of fun! Book your spot now.

Earlier in February

Orari Challenge Stakes will be taking place at Orari Racecourse, Canterbury on February 1. Same day, Saturday February 1, White Robe Lodge Champions Day will be taking place at Wingatui Racecourse Otago, Southland. On Saturday February 2nd, the festival will be taking place at Otaki Racecourse for Wellington and Wairarapa region. Get ticket info at

(Photo: The Races NZ Facebook Post)
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