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

Our Summer Season of Harness Racing at Motukarara has now concluded with fantastic support from everyone in the community and great grass-track competition. 

We look forward to the next meeting to be help on Sunday 21st March. Last year this meeting  featured the Team Teal campaign in support of  Ovarian Cancer Research. In 2021 our March meeting falls outside Team Teal dates, so we will contributing in another way.

 All unclaimed Punters Club tickets from our meeting on 24 January will be donated to the Team Teal campaign supporting Ovarian Cancer Research. The return of $3.30 can be claimed by sending your ticket number and bank account details to thetrotsatmot@gmail.com. Otherwise all unclaimed tickets will be donated to the campaign. 

Read more about our Race Days here

Follow the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club Competitions

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. 

Harness Racing to Come 2020-2021

Sunday 21 March 2021

Easter Monday 5 April 2021

Meetings Concluded 2020-2021

Sunday 24 January 2021


Tuesday 29 December 2020 


Sunday 22 November 2020 


Sunday 27 September 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
  • 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.