Interislander Summer Festival

Monday January 2nd

See in the New Year and relax at picturesque Interislander Summer Festival Tauherenikau Races. Pack a picnic and get set for a day of thrilling racing action, free kids entertainment and live music. With both harness and thoroughbred racing to enjoy, you’re guaranteed a great day out.

The first Harness Race of the day is at 11.50am, with the last race gallops at 5.09 pm.

If you are travelling from Wellington a complimentary bus service will meet the morning train arriving in Featherston at 10.52am, and will return guests to the Featherston train station at approximately 5.00pm for the train back to Wellington.

Admission: Adults $20, under 18 free.

Monday February 6th

It’s the perfect way to celebrate Waitangi Day weekend at Waiarapara’s best-kept secret: Interislander Summer Festival Tauherenikau Races. Get your family and friends together, pack a picnic – or sample the local fare and wine. All guests have a blast on-track with the live music, free kids entertainment and exciting racing action.

The estimated start time of first race is 12.50pm.

Tranzit buses will meet the normal TransMetro Wellington service in Featherston at approximately 8.26am, and return to meet the normal return service to Wellington at 5.26pm.

Admission: Adults $20, under 18 free.

Corporate Functions

Private functions are available for the January 2nd and February 6th meetings. You can find more details here.


40 private car parks are available for the January and February meetings. Take the hassle away from trying to find a park. Simply drive in to your own allocated private parking space, set out your hamper close to the finish line, and relax and enjoy your day. At $85 per park, with the driver’s ticket free, this represents great value for money. Book now there are only 40 spaces! Contact us for more details.


During the Interislander Summer Festival Races, we invite you to enjoy a shady spot under the trees for ten or more people in your own private 3x3m marquee, as part of our marquee village. To hire a mini marquee, please click here.