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.

We have completed our 2020/21 Harness Racing season. Watch this space for our 2021/22 race dates, which will start with our Spring meeting featuring the DJ Jones Memorial Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup.
See you in September at The Mot!

The final results for our 2020/21 race day competitions are out. Go to our Club Competitions page for final standings. Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to all involved, helping make another Banks Peninsula Trotting Club season such a success. 

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. 

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Race Dates 2021/22 Season

Our 2021/22 race dates have been decided. Just as the season just concluded, we will conduct six race days on the grass at Motukarara. Our season starts on Sunday 26 September ’21 and goes through to April ’22. There will be four Sunday meetings, one the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year, and our season-ending race day on our traditional Easter Monday date.

Sunday 26 September 2021

Sunday 21 November 2021

Wednesday 29 December 2021

Sunday 23 January 2022

Sunday 20 March 2022

Easter Monday 18 April 2022

Akaroa Trotting Club, who also traditionally race at Motukarara, have been allocated Sunday 5th December 2021 for their annual meeting.

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.

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  • Greg-&-Nina-Hope-top-traner
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  • 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.

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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.