Thursday 25th April 2019


General admission: FREE

Member for a Day $10

Passes available to purchase at the Raceday Office

Access to the Members Stand and Members facilities. Members Stand dress standards 

The Silks Lounge Dining $125 per person

Corporate Box for the Day

Additional raceday hospitality options and packages 


Get Set

A Industry Meeting

First race: Scheduled 1.15pm (tbc*)

Last race: Scheduled 4.46 pm (tbc*)

Number of Races: 8

Gates open: 11.00 am

Race program and times here

*initial race timing schedule is normally available approx 4 weeks from the event however final timings are not confirmed until the Wednesday of the week of the event.


Information to come.

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The Silks Lounge 

Located on the top floor of the function centre, the room boasts panoramic views of the racecourse. 

Package Includes:

  • Reserved seating in the Silks Lounge
  • Race book and pen for each guest
  • Hot buffet lunch followed by dessert platter to the table 
  • A standard beverage package (beer, wine and non alcoholic beverages throughout the day, from first race until the last race)
  • TAB Facilities
  • MC for the day
  • General Admission
  • $125.00 Per Person



$125 per person



To book please contact:

06 356 4940 



Situated alongside the Silks Lounge these modern corporate boxes each comfortably hold up to 40 guests for dining and viewing. If required, the dividing wall between the Feilding and Marton Boxes may be folded back up to 80 guests can be accommodated. 
These premium locations are available to be hired on racedays, however with limited numbers and excellent facilities often sell-out early. 



To book please contact:

06 356 4940 


Awapuni has a long history with the armed forces, in particular the medical corps

During World War One the Awapuni Racecourse was used for training by the New Zealand Medical Corps. Following the War in 1929 a Memorial was unveiled at the Racecourse to honour the 662 members of the Corps who were killed or wounded during the conflict. The Memorial was officially opened by the Governor General of the day Sir Charles Fergusson.

The Memorial consists of a pool in the shape of an ambulance cross with a marble cairn in the centre. The cairn is a fountain as seen operating in the 1929 photo above. A small marble plaque is attached to the cairn and a larger version with the same inscription is on the side of the pool. The beginning of the inscription reads “In Arduis Fidelis” – which translates as “faithful in adversity”. 

Over the years the memorial gradually fell into disrepair, prompting a two-year restoration project beginning in 2014 and coinciding with the centenary of the First World War. The restoration was led by the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps, together with Palmerston North City Council and the Awapuni Racing Centre. It included the removal of the chain-link fence that had previously enclosed the memorial, and new landscaping and planting.

The newly restored memorial was rededicated at a special ceremony held on 20 October 2016, which included a formal military service. Speakers at the event included Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith and restoration project leader Lieutenant Colonel Darren Beck, former commanding officer of 2nd Health Support Battalion (NZ) and Regimental Colonel of the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps.

The Memorial was designed by Mr J M Johnston, the Secretary of the Manawatu Racing Club. It is assumed the Club built and paid for the Memorial.

See for more information


Awapuni Memorial 1929


Awapuni Memorial 2016

Soldier sits in mock trenches, Awapuni Racecourse 1917

Soldier sits in mock trenches, Awapuni Racecourse 1917

Army Drill at Awapuni Racecourse 1915

Army Drill at Awapuni Racecourse 1915

Soldiers at Awapuni Racecourse - 2nd Field Ambulance 1942

Soldiers at Awapuni Racecourse - 2nd Field Ambulance 1942

Unidentified Group of Soldiers at Awapuni Racecourse 1942

These unidentified soldiers are thought to be the 2nd Field Ambulance group outside of barracks at the Awapuni Racecourse. The Palmerston North A&P Showgrounds, Awapuni racecourse and Awatapu Golf Course were all utilised as army training camps during the war.


Credit card fees apply. 

** Members Stand dress standards apply

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