Omakau Trots 2023


Sat 31st Dec 2022 - Mon 2 Jan 2023

Central Otago Trotting Club
3279 Lauder-Omakau Road

Ticketing: Public

Parking site

Central Otago Trotting Club
326 Racecourse Road
New Zealand

Graham- 027 6817594

Bring in the New Year in the heart of Central Otago 

This New Year's Eve, enjoy a  BYO night with a barbeque and DJ entertainment. Stay on to experience the iconic annual ” Omakau Trots “ horse race meeting set to be held Monday 2nd of January 2023 which is regarded as one of New Zealand’s most iconic Race Meetings. 

Register for the members-only event before noon on Xmas Eve and be in the draw to win a $100 betting voucher for Race Day!

The Omakau Trots are regarded as one of New Zealand’s most iconic Race Meetings. The Omakau Trots cater for all ages with free children's entry and entertainment, a Fashion in the Field contest, plenty of food and beverage stalls, and of course, some "edge of your seat" racing. There is a great family atmosphere and you can bring a picnic along if you wish and enjoy a great day out. While we can't guarantee the weather, we'll give it our best shot to provide a sunny, fun-filled, Central Otago day!

Any questions, you are welcome to ring Graham on 027 6817594 or check out the Facebook page here

COTC Packages on offer for New Years Races 2023: ‘New Year and Races Deal:’ ‘

  • NZMCA have organised music entertainment on New Years Eve @ the members bar on the Racecourse ($10) Staying 3 nights from Dec 31st to Jan 3 rd ($10 per night
  • Free admission for Race day
  • Receive free racebook and ODT newspaper for Races
  • Everyone who books this goes in the draw to win $100 betting voucher
  • Additional nights will be extra 
  • $40 ($10 per night + $10 concert)

‘Races only Package:’ 

  • Arrive Jan 1st and stay 2 nights (Jan 1st and 2nd)
  • Free admission to Races
  • Free racebook and ODT newspaper
  • 1 Race book 
  • Additional nights will be extra
  • $20 ($10 per person/ per night)

‘Additional Nights:’ 

  • You are welcome to stay for additional nights after the races, and enjoy our local community.
  • From the 3 rd of January onwards, the rate per night is $5 per person, per night.
  • Length of stay is open, but there will be times of the year the course will be closed for camping due to stock grazing, irrigation, winter conditions or other. [email protected]


  • Please check the notice board inside main gate for any updates
  • We do offer a Dump Station for all Motor Homes (n.b this will be closed Jan the 1 st and 2 nd due to horse float arrival)
  • Common Room facilities (library, board games, chairs etc) available– open by request and subject to availability
  • Maximum capacity will be 150 Motorhomes, so is first in first served
  • Allocation of camp site is on arrival – camp manager will assign your spot as you arrive.
  • You must be booked by noon Dec 24th
  • Our physical address is 326 Racecourse Road, Omakau
  • At this stage we don’t offer laundry or shower facilities
  • Dogs must be on leads at all times due to the presence of horses and must be wormed in the month prior to coming
  • Bring your golf clubs, mountain bike or fishing rod! We can advise many local activities including dining and recreation

To Book:

  • Email [email protected]
  • Use your surname, NZMCA membership number in Subject line
  • Specify what booking you would like to make o e.g ‘New Year and Races Deal’ or ‘Races only Package’ and/ or how many extra additional nights you would like
  • Confirm how many will be staying with you
  • Confirm your cost
  • You will receive a confirmation reply of your booking, or it we are over 150 you will be notified of this and will be unable to stay.
  • Transfer the amount with online banking, using the below details and use your last name + motorhome as a reference

Account name: Central Otago Trotting Club

Account number: 02-0916-0046041-00

Reference: your last name + motorhome as a reference (e.g ‘Sinnamon Motorhome)

Please follow us on Facebook (Central Otago Trotting Club) with updates and to contact us or you can email us [email protected]