The thundering of hooves across wet sand and the cheering of the crowd... that's the sound of the Castlepoint Beach Races, an annual Wairarapa Event.
The event date is dependent on beach conditions and tides.
It is with regret that the 2018 Castlepoint Races will be cancelled due to the presence of exposed rocks on the beach.
A historic event
The beach races date back to 1872 when local farmhands would race each other for bottles of rum and stray coins. Today, thoroughbreds have replaced farm hacks and the day is as much about picnicing and family as it is about horses. Betting is allowed but you'll be allocated a horse at random, for a ticket price of $2.