As a result of the keen interest of locals in harness racing, Mr C Archer convened a public meeting on 28 August 1946. At this meeting it was agreed to form the Rangiora Trotting Club (later renamed Rangiora Harness Racing Club).
The club held its first totalisator meeting in 1948.
Today the Rangiora Harness Racing Club (Inc) is one of New Zealand’s leading harness racing clubs and holds permits from the New Zealand Racing Board to run totalisator race meetings.
The meetings are held at Rangiora Raceway during the daytime, usually during the weekends.
The Rangiora Harness Racing Club Committee is committed to ensuring that the members annual subscription is great value and that the benefits members receive are also great value. It has been confirmed that subscriptions will remain at $25 for the 2021/22 Season. All current members will receive a newsletter in June 2021.
The support of members is greatly valued and appreciated by the committee. As a result, the Committee are constantly looking for opportunities to increase and improve the benefits offered to its members.
The following are some of the benefits members can expect to enjoy free admission to all Rangiora Harness Racing Club race days.
Free "members only" reserved parking at Rangiora Raceway.
Free admission to race days when an entry fee is charged.
Members only complimentary drink in the Birdcage Bar at Rangiora Raceway.
Complimentary drinks and snacks at the Annual General Meeting.
Regular newsletters throughout the year.
Subsidised "members only" offers when opportunities arise.
Rangiora Harness Racing Club membership costs just $25 per year. If you would like to become a financial member please download a membership application form above.
Racing NZ Issues Double Vaccination Rules
All attendees of 12 years of age and older MUST have been double vaccinated against COVID19. Proof of this will be required to gain admission on race days, including trials and workouts. You may also be required to show some proof of identity. Children under 12 may attend.
Next Race Day - 19 February 2022
75th Anniversary Year
The first race day was held on the track in 1946, making this season our 75th Anniversary.
Due to the restrictions being imposed by Covid19, it has been decided to hold our Anniversary celebrations at our race day on Saturday 19 February 2022. This will also coincide with our Veterans Day where we recognise some loyal and extremely long-standing members of the Rangiora Harness Racing Club.
Plans for this day are well under way to make this event special. Please keep an eye on this website, social media and other media outlets for information as it comes to hand.
Check out our Meetings Page for all the new season race days.