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About Waikato Racing Club

The Waikato Racing Club is the host club conducting 16 licences of the 19 race days held annually at Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton.  The racetrack has been upgraded in recent times and provides an excellent surface all year round.  More recently the club has undertaken work on a training and trials track which is expected to be in operation in early 2016.   With a healthy membership and support from long term sponsors the Club continues to grow and develop, if you are interested in becoming a Member or Sponsor of the club please find further information below or contact us today!

Annual Membership - $100pp 

By becoming a Member of the Waikato Racing Club you'll be able to share your racing interests with other like-minded people, but there are also many other benefits. You'll find other members are extremely welcoming and are only too willing to share their passion for racing with someone new.


  • Free admission to all race meetings at Te Rapa racecourse across the membership year including access to Members only areas
  • Access to members car park
  • Complimentary guest pass
  • Full voting rights allowing you to have your say in the way racing is conducted at Te Rapa
  • Invitations to special events and members only functions during the year
  • A members discount price for the hire of club facilities for non-race day functions
  • Reciprocal rights to all race meetings conducted at Te Rapa 
  • Membership privileges for the following clubs are available, in New Zealand - Manawatu RC, Auckland RC, Hawkes Bay RI, Wellington RC, Tauranga RC and Otago RC.   Although (except in the case of Otago) you do need to firstly pay the entrance fee and then present your members badge at the Race day Office to get the privileges.  We also have a reciprocal agreement with Metropolitan Clubs in Australia that entitles members tickets on production of their current badge on Race day.  This arrangement does not apply to specified carnivals at which the Australian Clubs require members to pay for the opportunity to utilise facilities on major days under the arrangements that exist between us. 

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Waikato Racing Club for more information or to apply please contact us today!

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Sponsoring the races can give you great brand recognition and via a different vehicle to your standard advertising mediums too.  The Waikato Racing Club offers a number of sponsorship options from prime viewing spots for signage to race event name sponsorship packages.   

  • A race name (i.e. [Business name] 1200m Maiden)
  • One full internal page advertisement in the race book (500 - 10,000 race books depending on race date)
  • Name seen and heard on Sky Trackside, print media & over 400 TAB's nationwide
  • Tax deductible invoice for race sponsorship
  • Extended coverage in the Waikato Racing Club Annual Report, Newsletters and Social Networks. 

The Waikato Racing Club greatly values the support of all sponsors and supporters of the club if you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact us today!
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Meet the Team

Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM

Board - Chairman

Peter Archer

Board - Deputy Chairman

Gilbert Southworth

Board Member

Glenn Holmes

Board Member

Bruce Darby

Board Member

Marcus Corban

Board Member

Lynn Collins

Board Member

Steve Davis

Board Member

John Elstob

Board Member

Steve Rowe

Board Member

David Greene

Board Member

Ken Rutherford

General Manager

Neil Treweek

Racecourse Manager

Jatin Bhai

Sponsorship & Membership Manager

Danielle Bullock                           Marketing & Events Coordinator

Vickie Mullan

Business Operations Manager

Tracey Purslow                                   Accounts & Administration Assistant

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