The Manawatu Harness Racing Club experience

We’re proud to offer a family friendly environment where you can kick back and enjoy a great spot of racing entertainment. Our facilities include a large green lawn that is great for kids to run around on, a grandstand, public lounge, sponsors lounge and space to park up in your vehicle and watch. We’ve got onsite catering and a bar but also invite you to bring along a chilly bin if you wish to sit outside.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, we invite you to register at the Secretary's office to take a ride in the mobile vehicle alongside the starter. A field of pacers travelling at 40km less than a meter away from you sure gets the blood pumping - Tuesday's are the best days for this.


The Manawatu Harness Racing season typically runs from October to May with the club racing on the Pioneer Highway track 15 times during the season. 

Normally other clubs, such as the Wairarapa Harness Racing Club, also race at the venue plus the Palmerston North Greyhound Racing Club race on Monday afternoons each week. 

However, due to COVID-19 the 2020-21 season will look a little different - more information will be available in late August/early September. 

Syndicate opportunity

Manawatu Harness Racing Club has formed a syndicate which has been formed to give the opportunity for new and experienced racing enthusiasts to enjoy the thrill of being owner, to support the harness racing industry and the future viability of racing in the lower North Island. It's affordable for all and will be great fun.

Expressions of interest: to register your interest please contact either Brian or Eva in the first instance. Further details will be provided from there.  


Brian Ahearn - 

Eva Johnston 

Other events

The Manawatu Harness Racing Club was proud to support the Rural Games on 14-15 March in The Square, Palmerston North. With Kidz Kartz and Harness Gearing Up Competition events on Saturday, plus more Kidz Karts and the Sulky Challenge on the Sunday, harness racing had a strong presence at the event. Check out the 2020 schedule here.


View the latest fields - HRNZ  

2020-21 season


Tuesday 17th November - 8 Races from 3.30pm
Thursday 19th November - 8 Races from 5.30pm

Tuesday 8th December - 8 Races from 3.30pm
Thursday 10th December - 8 Races from 5.30pm

Tuesday 16th February - 4 Races from 4.00pm
Thursday 23rd February - 4 Races from 4.00pm

Tuesday 16th March - 4 Races from 4.00pm
Thursday 23rd March - 4 Races from 4.00pm
Tuesday 30th March - 8 Races from 3.30pm

Thursday 1st April - 8 Races from 5.30pm



Use the following links to find more details.

Harness Racing Sites

  1. Harness Racing New Zealand 

  2. Harness Racing Links  

  3. TAB 

Accomodation Palmerston North -

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