Racing Tauranga is considered to be one of best racing venues in New Zealand. The racecourse is located at 1383, Cameron Road in the Greerton area of Tauranga. Parkvale, Gate pa and Poike are some of the other areas in the vicinity. It can be reached using Cambridge or Chadwick road or Fraser Street.
About the Racing Tauranga Venue
It is one of the largest racing clubs in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand and hosts some of the most popular race meetings, which are well attended. Racing began in the Tauranga region more than 150 years ago, and horse racing was mentioned in the newspapers published in 1872.
In 1874, the Government handed over the Tauranga Racecourse to the horse owners and horse race fans for development. Since then it has become a popular venue for horse races. The racecourse is well known for its innovative practices like weight for age racing for horses and accumulator jackpot , which was then restricted by the government. The club has been fighting for women’s rights, with a race for women riders. Women jockeys have won the right to compete against men. The Japan New Zealand International trophy is the most high profile and rewarding race at the race course. It is run over 1600 m and has a prize money of $100,000.
A few events from Racing Tauranga
During the race meetings, the races are run over different distances ranging from 970 meters to 2170 meters. The Hurdles races are run for distances which vary from 2800 m to 3000 m. Steeples are run from 3600 m to 4400 m. The racecourse is also used for stabling by the local trainers. There are others who travel to the course six days a week to use the training facilities. The club is managed by a board which looks after the financial interests and helps grow racing in the area. In addition to the Chairman and Deputy Chairman, there are eight other members on the board. The Members are selected at the Club AGM in October
Members who attend the races are expected to conform to the dress code and wear the full race day attire including suits, dresses and headgear, especially for women. Those who plan to use the sponsors lounge are expected to dress to impress wearing their best clothes. In the members lounge, smart casual or formal wear is expected, no singlets are permitted. All others admitted to the races are expected to at least wear tidy clothes so just put on your best flip flops and your set to go 🙂
There is punters club at the racecourse, where visitors can contribute $10 to have an industry expert bet on their behalf. If they are lucky they could make much more, though they make also lose their money.
Menu and Drinks at Racing Tauranga
General race day food is nothing fancy so you can grab a pie, burger, chips and sandwiches. They have some fancy days where you can indulge in fine food and drinks at a set price.
Several bars dot the track so you can grab a beer, wine or soft drink.
Avid horse racing fans can be become members of racecourse to enjoy a number of benefits. All members are eligible to win $50,000 at every one of the race meetings. They also get free gate entry, free race book and free guest pass. They have access to the exclusive Fairway lounge for members which offers an excellent view of the racecourse, and free tea and coffee. They also get free access to the members car park, and members newsletter. The members also have access to other racing clubs like that in Auckland, MataMata, Rotorua. The annual membership fees are $75 from August 1 to July 31 the next year.
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Like most other racecourses, Tauranga recognizes the contribution of the horse owners who are investing their money in purchasing and training expensive thoroughbred horses. Horse owners are eligible for free admission to the racecourse, entry to the members Fairway lounge, they get a free race book and also a drink voucher.They have access to the winners circle to celebrate their horse’s win and are presented with a bottle of Millers reference reserve wine. They also get a DVD with a recording of their horses winning finish so they can access replays of the race.
Sponsors of the Track
The racecourse has a number of sponsors whose contribution helps to run the racecourse and provide facilities. The sponsors can advertise their products or service using a banner at the race or venue, and have their message broadcast. They can also have a race named after them.
Additionally the sponsors are eligible for VIP hospitality including a table, buffet and VIP parking. On non racing days the facilities at the racecourse may be hired for functions for individuals like birthdays,anniversaries, funerals as well as corporate events. Catering is also provided according the customer requirements.
Pokies and Gaming at Racing Tauranga
Pokies machines are not available on track, many race betting options are available though.
See their website for event dates and hours
Phone 7-578 6102
Map and address
1383 Cameron Rd, Greerton, Tauranga 3112, New Zealand