Welcome to the Home of Grass Track Harness Racing

Located just 30 minutes’ drive from central Christchurch, Motukarara racecourse offers all the fun and excitement of the real Kiwi country racing experience. Our club conducts six meetings per season held between September and April. Make a day of it at the Motukarara harness races, and join the action.

Latest News from Motukarara

Summer at the Grass Track Trots

The fun continues at our next grass-track harness racing meeting, taking place on 24 January 2021. 

We’re looking forward to an action-packed day on Sunday 24th. The feature race is the Motukarara Cup, sponsored by Canterbury Trotting Owners Association with a handsome trophy donated by Janis Hartley.

We’re proud to recognise Selwyn District Council as a race day supporter and sponsor of the Junior Drivers’ race. The country’s leading driver Blair Orange will wear the distinctive SDC colours in his race drives. Watch out for them: the last time the colours were used the wearer Colin DeFilippi won five races on the day!

Check out all our raceday sponsors, whose logos appear below with links to their websites.

We’re at the height of summer and that means lots of things to do between races for kids of all ages. There are still some  prime trackside gazebo sites available for booking. Don’t delay as they always sell out in January.

The Trots at Mot January
Sunday 24 Jan. 2021
Gates open 10:00am

Get tickets or Reserve a Site

Motukarara has full Internet access for using your TAB account to bet on course using your mobile device. We encourage everyone to download the TAB App for all the race field information you need and as a simple way to place your bets.


Membership Packages

Membership of Banks Peninsula Trotting Club is still just $25! For that you’ll receive two entry passes to each of our six annual meetings, plus other benefits. Apply for membership now. 

Race Dates 2020-2021

Sunday 27 September 2020 (12 races)


Sunday 22 November 2020 (10 races)


Tuesday 29 December 2020 (12 races)


Sunday 24 January 2021 (10 races)

Sunday 21 March 2021 (11 races)

Easter Monday 5 April 2021 (8 races)

Racing 22 Sept 2020
Motukarara Summer 2021

Celebrating Success on the Track

Delayed due to Covid restrictions, the presentations to our 2019/20 club competitions were made during our September 2020 meeting.

Club Patron Lindsay Blackmore presented Ben Hope with the trophy for leading Junior Driver last year, while Greg and Nina Hope took out the Leading Trainer prize. Here Nina engages with Junior Vice-President Bonnie Williams and committee member Maurice McDermott.

Last season’s Top Filly or Mare at Motukarara was Gotta Party Doll, Alan Marshall accepting her award on behalf of the owners. Blair Orange was leading driver, on course but unable to attend the presentation.

  • Ben-Hope-Junior-driver
  • Greg-&-Nina-Hope-top-traner
  • Gotta-Party-Doll
  • Blair Orange

Also recognised were our big race winners: Habibi Inta in the 2019 DG Jones Memorial Trotting Cup, Homebush Lad in the Motukarara Xmas Cup and Baltimore Jack for victory in the Banks Peninsula Cup.

Our Sponsors

Sponsorship is critical to racing club activity and at Motukarara our club places great importance on giving financial supporters the exposure and recognition they deserve. We welcome interest from businesses or individuals in sponsorship at one or more of our six race meetings. Sponsorship can be for individual races or, for a slightly larger investment, race day naming rights.

Sponsorship gives you a great opportunity to entertain your guests, with the club providing the hospitality including catering with refreshments, winning horse photo with your group, and post race drinks in the President’s Bar.

It also gives you the opportunity to have an expanded entertainment event for your staff and/or clients in one of the several high profile corporate entertaining areas.

Other features of sponsorship include:

  • Race and/or race day naming rights
  • Racebook advertising
  • Nationwide audience exposure through Trackside TV and TAB radio
  • Links to your company through our website
  • Opportunity for race day birdcage banner advertising
  • Priority car parking
  • Free admission and complimentary racebooks

For further sponsorship information and enquiries contact Glenn Hames our Administration & Events Manager on 027 203 2746 or by email.

Contact Glenn

The logos below belong to our permanent and race day sponsors, and link to their websites/Facebook pages.  

Support our Sponsors

Visit our Home Straight and Current Meeting Sponsors’ websites by clicking on their logos below.