Race Days

Upcoming Races

 Sunday 10th November –Christmas Raceday

Our Christmas Raceday is held on Sunday the 10th November, expect a relaxed day. More information on  Christmas at Tauherenikau Races meet can be found here.


The Wairarapa Racing Club holds three race meetings each year at Tauherenikau. The two new year meetings of January 2nd and Waitangi Day are major days attracting tens of thousands of happy people.

Our Christmas Raceday is held on Sunday the 10th November, expect a relaxed day. 

The January 2nd race day is famous for its picnic atmosphere, and generations of families from the Wairarapa and surrounding areas such as Wellington and Palmerston North, and from as far away as Auckland, make the yearly trip to be part of this fun day.

You’ll find families and friends nestled under the trees with their picnic hampers enjoying the atmosphere and picturesque surroundings

There’s plenty to do for everyone. In addition to the excitement of the races themselves, kids can take time-out to ride on the train, enter kid’s competitions and also have a bounce around on the many castles and slides in the kid’s entertainment area.

Punters have the chance to join together as part of the punters club and a $10 entry sees you in with a chance to share the pool winnings at the end of the day if our guest selector is on song.


The Wairarapa Racing Club holds a license that allows patrons to BYO refreshments. An allowance of 6 stubbie bottles of beer OR 1 bottle of wine per person is permitted. This will be strictly monitored by security at the gates.

There are also fully licensed bars on site at Tauherenikau.


The club provides a pick-up and drop-off service from the Featherston railway station on new year race days. The train leaves Wellington at 9.55am and returns around 5.00pm. All you have to do is to walk-in, walk-out and have a great day at Tauherenikau


Unfortunately for health and safety reasons, especially for the horses safety, dogs are not allowed on Raceday.


The Masterton Racing Club holds a race meeting at Tauherenikau Racecourse in March. Click here for more information.