Frequently Asked Questions At Ruakaka Racing

What time are the races? What time do the gates open?

Our race meetings are scheduled between 12 noon and 5pm with 30-40 minute gaps but will vary by the number of races and the time of the year. Each race meeting’s race times are available in our race meeting event section on this website, on our facebook page, on and


The gates will be open from 11am with bars and food outlets beginning to open at least 30 minutes prior to race 1. Always check for times as there can be quite a variance in times from meeting to meeting.

How much does it cost to go?

Only persons 18 and over may be asked to pay an entry fee. An entry fee is only charged on the better class of race meetings or when additional activities such as kids’ amusements are provided. The entry fee will be notified on the race meeting event details on this website.


There will be pre-booked functions at different prices and that will include entry. These functions will be listed individually for each race meeting on the events list.

How do I get to the races?

You need to make your own arrangements for travelling to the course unless you live in Whangarei and then the Club arranged “Race Bus” may be an option. A schedule of pick up points, times and cost is placed on the race meeting event details for this website and on our Facebook page.


By car the course is about 90 minutes north of Auckland’s North Shore and 25 minutes south of Whangarei.


There is no public transport or taxi service to the venue.

Can my children go to the races?

Children up to the age of 18 have free entry to the racecourse and parents are asked to monitor their activities, particularly not to let them climb on or over fencing or railing near the horse areas.

Can I stay locally?

Two close accommodation options are:

One Tree Point Motel – 09 432

Ruakaka Beach Front Motel – 09 432


Regional information can be found at:

Can I bet on the races?

If you are 18 or over then you can bet on the races with the TAB at the course during a race meeting. If you are not at the races then you can bet on the Ruakaka races at one of the TAB stores or on their website through an account.

Can I visit the horses and watch them being saddled?

No. Only the registered and approved persons can enter the saddling areas on raceday. There is a fenced parade arena that saddled horses enter about ten minutes before each race starts and are walked before the rider mounts. You can also witness the horses return after the race to the same area and be unsaddled.

Can I bring in my own liquor?

Yes but to comply with Liquor Licensing Authority Guidelines, BYO limits apply for patrons entering the racecourse. Adults of legal drinking age may BYO for their own consumption one bottle of wine or six bottles of beer (stubbies) OR six RTD’s each. No Spirits, Kegs or Crates allowed.


Bags may be checked on entry and any offensive behaviour by guests will not be tolerated.


BYO is limited to the grass hill picnic area. There is no BYO allowed in or near the grandstand buildings, concrete steps or under the grandstand.


Intoxicated persons on the Racecourse will be removed. For security reasons patrons are required to exit the picnic areas of the Racecourse no later than one hour after the last race.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes but you cannot take the food inside to the rooms. A’Fare Catering is a very experienced and capable caterer with a cost effective range of food.