Celebrate at New Zealand’s favourite summer racedays


Kurow Races: Sunday, December 30
Waikouaiti Races: Tuesday, January 1
Cromwell Trots: Sunday, January 6

Summer holidays are synonymous with family time. When the hustle and bustle of Christmas ends, relax, unwind, and create new memories at an Interislander Summer Festival raceday.

With events happening from Boxing Day till February 17 around the country, it’s the perfect excuse to pack a picnic, gather your friends and family together and head to a racecourse near you.

Everything is already organised, all you need to do is turn up!

Families from all over the region have been marking Interislander Summer Festival racedays on their calendars for years, as events where they can enjoy quality time with their loved ones. With three events across Otago and Central Otago, there’s a raceday to suit every summer-holiday plan.

Whether you’re spending your holiday close to home and fancy a day trip out of the city, or leaving town for a popular holiday hotspot, the Interislander Summer Festival has almost 30 races to choose from around the country.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, so swap the iPads for ice-creams and settle in for a day of thrilling racing in the sun.

With free racecourse entry for kids 17 and under, and lots of free kids’ entertainment, it’s no wonder the Interislander Summer Festival has become an iconic Kiwi tradition.

The Kids Go Racing area has games, entertainment and competitions running all day for children under 12. An Interislander Summer Festival raceday is the perfect way to shake up your holiday plans.

Whether you are keen to watch every race from the trackside or happy to sit back and chill on a picnic blanket, feeling the horses thundering down the home straight is a unique experience the whole family can enjoy!