Race Meeting

NZCIS Wellington Cup Day

Sat 28 Jan 2023 - Sat 28 Jan 2023
11.30am - 6.30pm
Trentham Racecourse Trentham, Upper Hutt 5018, Wellington
Cup Day


NZCIS Wellington Cup Day

Get set for summer’s greatest spectacle on the Champagne Turf of Trentham Racecourse. With the finest show of thoroughbred racing, fashion, superb hospitality and entertainment, make sure you’re on-course for the most sought-after midsummer party in Wellington.

The showstopping magic of seeing Australasia’s’ finest horses on parade is uplifted by the electric energy of the Cup Day crowd. Whether your style is to cheer on your winners from the Grandstand, picnic on the lawn or be treated to reserved hospitality – there’s a style for everyone to enjoy the sensation of Cup Day extravaganza. There’s no party like it!

Due to the government guidelines for Covid Traffic Light System Red only reserved hospitality guests can be hosted.
Registrations essential for Members and Owners.
There will be no General Admission or Member for a Day.


The Iconic $250,000 Group Two NZCIS Wellington Cup over 3200m

$220,000 Group One Harcourts Thorndon Mile over 1600m          

$80,000 Group Three New Zealand Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes over 1600m

Members Draw

Meeting Detail:

First race: 12.30pm

Last race: 5.50pm

Gates open: 11.00am

Reserved hospitality open: 11.30am

*initial race timing, final timings are confirmed Wednesday of raceday

Ticket Options

General Admission - First Release
Not available for this event. Due to COVID-19 guidelines.
General Admission - Second Release
Not available for this event. Due to COVID-19 guidelines.
General Admission
Not available for this event. Due to COVID-19 guidelines.
Members Precinct - First Release
Not available for this event. Due to COVID-19 guidelines.
Members Precinct - Second Release
Not available for this event. Due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Hospitality Packages

Upgrade your Cup Day for the ultimate experience and book a reserved hospitality package.

All hospitality packages include raceday admission, admission into your exclusive zone with reserved seating, water, racebook and pens and dedicated betting facilities, bars, security and hosts.

Trentham Racecourse Cup Map

Trackside Lawn
A relaxed public lawn experience with the upgrade of a guaranteed seat for the day.
Piper Champagne Lawn
Cup Day is the time to party and Piper Lawn is the hub of celebration style.
Parade Lounge
Make sure you have a reserved seat in the heart of the Members Stand. With dedicated betting facilities and bars, you'll be in the midst of the atmosphere and won't miss a minute of this thrilling raceday.
Trackside Party Emporium
Set at the start of the Finishing Straight with unprecedented views to watch the superstars gallop home. This clear-topped marquee brings fun lovers the ultimate summer lawn party – Trackside!
The Headquarters
The energy of the Oaks goer’s is always a favourite and this vibrant function has you sorted with a delectable summer buffet, beverage package and DJ to turn up the party!
Great Sensation Club
Nestled amongst the trees on a velvet lawn, your spectacular silk lined marquee opens to a private al fresco courtyard, giving you an exclusive preview of the horses as they parade before the track.
Desert Gold Restaurant - Cup Day 2022
Trentham’s terraced, premier restaurant gives you a stunning outlook and provides the perfect seat to experience the magic of racing.
Corporate Suite - Cup Day 2022
What better way to entertain than from your exclusive Suite with spectacular views over the entire racecourse on Wellington Cup Day.
Platinum Enclosure
Guests seeking the platinum, VIP experience will be spoilt with exquisite hospitality at the most sought-after location on-course. This lavish marquee, between the Parade Lounge and Track gives you every opportunity to revel in the horses while you are hosted like kings and queens.
Your Own Function Room or Marquee on Cup Day
Choose from a range of additional indoor function rooms, al fresco dining or the luxury of your own silk lined marquee. Get in quick to secure the best setting.

Getting on course

There are a number of ways to get to Trentham Racecourse on raceday, but arriving by train is by far the most popular. For more information on the train timetables, or other ways to get on course, follow the links below.

More Info Metlink Timetable

For our terms and conditions for booking and ticketing please click here.