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New Zealand’s Favourite Summer Racedays

An Interislander Summer Festival raceday is the perfect way to shake up your family holiday plans – with free entertainment for the kids, so you can sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

Summer holidays are synonymous with family time. With events up and down the country, an Interislander Summer Festival raceday is the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and create new memories with family and friends. Pack some goodies in the picnic basket, or enjoy delicious offerings from food vendors spotted around the racecourses. Everything else is organised for you!

From the far North to the deep South, there’s a raceday to suit every summer holiday plan. Whether you fancy a day trip out of the city, or you’re planning a rural escape or a week at a popular holiday hotspot, the Interislander Summer Festival has over thirty racedays, from Boxing Day through to mid February.

With free racecourse entry for kids 17 and under, and heaps of free entertainment for the kids, it’s no wonder the Interislander Summer Festival has become an iconic Kiwi tradition. The More FM Kids Go Racing area has games, entertainment and competitions running all day for children under 12, letting you sit back, relax and enjoy the on-course action.

For many families, getting out into the regions is the best way to leave the pre-Christmas stress behind. It’s easy to swap iPads for ice creams, and make the most of New Zealand’s beautiful summer. From Ruakaka’s ocean breeze to the picturesque Waitaki Valley at Kurow, there’s nothing like breathing in the fresh country air. Many Interislander Summer Festival racedays take place at rural racecourses, making them big community get-togethers for small towns across the country. All generations, from the young to the young at heart, come together to enjoy one of New Zealand’s oldest pastimes.

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!


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