New Year’s Race Day


11:25am (approx.) – Harness Racing – Six Races

2:05pm – 6.05pm (approx.)- Gallop Races – Eight Races

Bring the family and join us for our first (and most famous) race day of the new year! Expect live music, kids bouncy castles, miniature train rides, Zappo the magician, egg and spoon, tug of war, and three headed races,  as well as a fantastic line-up of racing events. Adults are $20 at the gate, kids are free!


The club provides a pick-up and drop-off service from the Featherston railway station on new year race days (Jan 2nd). 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!


The Wairarapa Racing Club holds a license that allows patrons to BYO refreshments on January 2nd and February 7th race meetings. 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.