Arabian Nights at Alexandra Park Arabian Nights at Alexandra Park

Creativity Captures The Crowd

Auckland’s raceway, Alexandra Park, is finding exotic new ways to capture the crowds for its legendary ‘Friday Night Trots’ now more commonly known as ‘Friday Night at the Races’.

Most recently, the presence of the Dubai Racing Channel filming a documentary on harness racing offered up inspiration for an Arabian Nights themed event.

Alexandra Park sales manager, Kim Walsh says, "The challenge to keep our offering exciting and inspiring to new and repeat visitors is always at the forefront of what we do when creating our themed events.

" The Arabian Nights event was a first for us, and we struck a chord with the Auckland audience as the event sold out in record time."

Alexandra Park's premier function space, known as ‘Top of the Park,' was transformed into a sultan’s tent with ornate rugs, lanterns and cushions. The theme continued across the food and entertainment with a Middle Eastern banquet, belly dancers, henna painters and an Arabian Horse show.

Walsh says,the collaboration of supply partners; Red Creative, Pacific Linen, Cactus Photography, My Dream Party, Snap Click, and Hire Plants together with belly dancing entertainment from Abbraccia School of Dance and equine performance by a troop from the Auckland Arabian Horse Club brought to life the theme in a way that exceeded all expectations.

"Not only did our guests have a great night out, but events such as these also demonstrate that Alexandra Park is where the magic happens. Versatile spaces, excellent catering and the added excitement of trackside sporting action come together to create an event with a difference, be it joining in on one of ours or creating your own."

Alexandra Park offers ten event and functions spaces depending on requirement and time. From the premium Top of the Park space with its views of the track to the Stables area that can be dramatically transformed outside of race night.