Horse & Crowd

The  Haunui Farm Group 1 Weight for Age (WFA) race run by the Otaki-Maori Racing Club was one of the highest rating races of last season throughout New Zealand and should be again in 2018!

The Otaki course provides a beautiful setting for racing or just having a great time with family and friends, and is less than an hours drive from both Wellington and Palmerston North. 
With a live band performing 
in front of the public stand between races, this race day combines some of NZ's best racing with a great day out.
Once you are at the races, your biggest choice is likely to be whether to watch the racing from the public stand, or to grab yourself a spot on the grass in front of the home straight, so close to the action that you can actually feel the horses thunder by.
A great day to be at Otaki.

Otaki Maori Racing Club Haunui Farm Group 1 Classic

Race times and gate opening 

Transferred to Hastings

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018

Gates open: 11.30am 

8 Races 

First Race: Scheduled 12.33 pm

Last Race:  Scheduled 4.38 pm

Gate Charge: Adults $10. Children 17 & under FREE accompanied by an adult. 

Members Stand Day Access (for non-members) $15 Available from the race day office 

Punters Club: There will be a $5 on-course punters club on the day. Tickets from the race day office 

Off-course entertainment: Ripple Effect

Kapiti Farmers Market 

will be held in the 

Public carpark from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Come along then go to the races afterwards!

Sponsors for the day

Otaki Maori Racing Club Haunui Farm Group 1 Classic


This race is a BIG event in the New Zealand racing calendar!

The field for the Haunui Farm Group 1 WFA for 2018 is expected to be an excellent standard. 

The beautiful and historic Otaki course is a great place to take yourself or the whole family for a day. Follow the sport of Kings and see some of New Zealands highest rated horses.

Racing is due to start just after 12.30 and goes through until around 4.45 pm.

Previous winners 

Live music

 Ripple Effect 

Playing in front of the Public stand between races and after the last! 

Food Options

There are some great food outlets available to try, including all your old favourites, or you could just bring your own picnic and chill out with a great wine or a cold beer from one of the race-day bars (No BYO liquor though).

For those wanting to treat your family, friends, or colleagues to an even better day, there are exclusive mini-marquee village options available starting from $400. For more information see below.

You’ve got to be there!

Gazebo spot including Gazebo

Your reserved gazebo in front of the Public Stand with prime track views
Enjoy family day your way with a little less hassle. Don’t worry about arriving early to save a spot, your gazebo will be ready and waiting on a lovely patch of grass with perfect track views. Just bring your picnic and some seats and that’s your raceday sorted!

Your day at Otaki-Maori Races includes:
Course admission for 2 adults
Your reserved gazebo and track view

PRICE: $150 - gazebo spot plus gazebo including general admission for 2 adults, Kids free

NOTE: Sitting picnic style a gazebo is designed to fit up to 10 guests comfortably. So if you wish to have more adults in your area, additional guests will need to purchase a General Admission ticket.

The mini-marquee village- no longer available- 

Enjoy Group One racing at it’s very best with the Haunui Farm Group One WFA race at sunny Otaki.  The Mini-Marquee Village sits on the lawn adjacent to the Members Stand with great views of the course.  The Village is fenced and exclusive.  Mini Marquees are for 10 guests each, multiple marquees may be purchased and we guarantee placement alongside each other. If booking more than one marquee, adjoining walls can be removed to create a larger space for your group. 

Your day at Otaki includes:

  •    Course admission including parking and entry to The Mini-Marquee Village
  •    Your reserved 3m x 3m mini-marquee for 10 guests with racebook, pen and bottle of water for each guest
  •    Marquee set with table and 10 chairs
  •    A cash bar operates within the village
  •    Tote facilities and television screens close by
  •    Self catering option
Hospitality at the Otaki Maori Racing Club

  Price: $400 per mini-marquee (10 guests)

  Optional extras for your day at Otaki-Maori Racing Club include a Picnic hamper style luncheon delivered to your Mini Marquee from approx $25 per person (Including GST) and pre-arranged bar tabs.

Call on 027 666 8558 or email to

Driving directions

Less than an hours drive from either Wellington or Palmerston North. Follow the signs from the Otaki roundabout for a great day out. Click here for our google maps page

Members Brunch- Cancelled due to transferred meeting

Bookings essential.

Always enjoyed, and free to members (plus a guest) of the Otaki-Maori Racing Club.
With memberships starting from only $40 per season,this not only gets you real value for money for your membership, it is also a great way to start the day (Arrival from 10.00 am, breakfast from 10.30 am).
Non-members welcome.
Please email or call 227 666 8558 to book your place.

Please note that there is NO BYO alcohol at any Otaki-Maori Racing events.


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Date: Sunday 21st October 2018 

Gates open: 11.30am 

Gate Charge for non-members : Adults $5 . Children 17 & under FREE accompanied by an adult. 

Members Stand open to all 

Eight Races   

First Race: scheduled 1.20 pm
Last race: scheduled 5.30 pm


  • Kids entertainment will be on site all day (bouncy castles) 


For all Otaki-Maori Racing Club Racedays Click Here


 Otaki Maori Racing Club Race Info