New Zealand races all year round, usually on four or five days each week, with in excess of 2,500 races run each year.

Highlights on the racing calendar include New Zealand Cup Week in November, Auckland’s Christmas Carnival and the New Zealand Derby in March. 

Thoroughbred racing has long been part of the fabric of New Zealand society, with 50 racecourses spread throughout the nation. New Zealand boasts world-class trainers and jockeys, while owners from around the world have recognised the benefits of racing in New Zealand, enhanced by its close proximity to the lucrative prize money on offer in Australia and Asia. 

Horse racing in New Zealand is administered by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR). For more information on thoroughbred racing in New Zealand click here.


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