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

2020/21 Harness Racing Season

Our first Race Day of the season on Sunday 27 September was a great success with good support form the public despite a threatening weather forecast. The day was a little breezy at times but that didn’t detract from the on-course fun and excitement. Our feature race the Majestic Son DG Jones Memorial Trotting Cup was run and won by One Apollo, driven by Ricky May, from Heavyweight Hero and Woodstone. See photos of our race day winners here.

Motukarara’s new cell tower worked a treat across the course and internet access was a boon for punters. Many casual racegoers do however continue to rely on the staffed TAB terminals for having a bet. 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.


Hospitality & Membership Packages

Hospitality options at the Motukarara races are many and varied. Check out our Hospitality page for the latest information on what’s available for future race meetings and how to book.

Membership of Banks Peninsula Trotting Club is still just $25, for which you’ll receive two entry passes to each of our six meetings, plus other benefits.

Race Dates 2020-2021

Sunday 27 September 2020 (12 races)


Sunday 22 November 2020 (10 races)

Tuesday 29 December 2020 (11 races)

Sunday 24 January 2021 (10 races)

Sunday 21 March 2021 (11 races)

Easter Monday 5 April 2021 (8 races)

Racing starts at Midday.

Racing 22 Sept 2020

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

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 out club places great importance on giving financial supporters the exposure and recognition they deserve. We welcomes 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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