Castlepoint Beach Races

Horse racing on the beach at Castlepoint

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 held on Saturday 13 March 2021 with the first race starting at approximately 10.30am - depending on beach conditions and tides.

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. 

Explore Castlepoint - one of NZ's best loved beaches

Jetty Road
Castlepoint 5889
New Zealand