Countdown to Karaka 2024

18 January 2024

Head Auctioneer Mike Kneebone on the rostrum with Steve Davis and Cam Bray.

NZB’s 98th National Yearling Sale Series is just days away, set to take place on 28 January to 2 February at the iconic Karaka Sales Centre.

Inspections and parades onsite will commence early next week, and the grounds are set to be busy with many guests also staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka hotel situated just a minute’s walk from the complex.

Various international buyers will be met by an astute lineup of Kiwi judges to provide strong competition in the sale ring, all looking to secure their next champion from the 'best week on the sales calendar' as stated by Coolmore's Tom Magnier.

As NZB counts down to the commencement of selling at 10am on Sunday 28 January, here are a few details for those wanting to participate in the live sale action.

Sale Schedule

Book 1: Lot 1 – 682

  • Day One: Sunday 28 Jan, Lot 1 – 240 from 10am (NZT)
  • Day Two: Monday 29 Jan, Lot 241 – 480 from 10am (NZT)
  • Day Three: Tuesday 30 Jan, Lot 481 – 682 from 10am (NZT)

Book 2: Lot 683 – 1125

  • Day One: Wednesday 31 Jan, Lot 683 – 800 from 11am (NZT)
  • Day Two: Thursday 1 Feb, Lot 801 – 970 from 11am (NZT)
  • Day Three: Friday 2 Feb, Lot 971 – 1125 from 11am (NZT)
Sale Broadcast

As usual, NZB will provide a world-class sale broadcast for the duration of Karaka 2024. The format will provide a live stream over the six days of selling with all the action in the ring captured and more from around the grounds.

The Sale will be televised live in New Zealand on SKY Trackside Premier Channel 64 (Book 1), Freeview Channel 200, as well as on NZB’s website, online bidding platform and Facebook page.

Viewers can tune in from as early as 9:30am (NZT) prior to the Sale to catch the daily Book 1 preview show hosted by presenter Michael Guerin, with the review show also being broadcast at the closure of selling during Book 1.

Onlookers around the globe can also expect Michael Guerin and NZB’s Client and Public Relations Manager Jessie Gower to bring key sale highlights and interviews across both days of selling.

To view the live broadcast online, visit and click on the Sale link. This will bring you to the catalogue and live video stream, where results will be updated instantly during the Sale. The action can also be viewed from the live stream on NZB’s Facebook page: If you miss any of the live-action, you can watch replays and interviews from our Karaka TV page here.

Buyer Registration

There are several ways to participate in the bidding action to secure your future racetrack star. Whether you are new to NZB auctions or have previously purchased, ensure you register to bid 24 hours before selling commences for a smooth bidding experience.

For existing clients who have purchased or registered at a previous NZB Sale, simply pop into the Sale Day Office at Karaka on arrival to collect your purchaser registration sticker.

For new purchasers that do not have an existing account with NZB, register to bid at as soon as possible or call the team on +64 9 298 0055.

For online bidding services, login to to register and verify your account prior to the Sale.

All yearlings entered in the sale have been inspected by NZB and New Zealand-based agents, who will be able to provide inspection notes and evaluations for buyers, or bid on behalf of. If doing so, ensure to fill out an Appointment of Agent form here.

Once the gavel falls, every aspect of the purchaser’s bloodstock interests can be managed in one location at Karaka, with NZB’s Airfreight, Insurance and Finance divisions available to service buyer's needs post-sale. If you are at Karaka, see the team in the Sale Day Office, or call us via +64 9 298 0055 for assistance.

General Attendance & Merchandise Store

NZB is pleased to invite anyone to attend Karaka 2024, with an array of hospitality options available for sale enthusiasts to experience. Entry into the Karaka Sales Centre is free and all are welcome.

Catalogues are situated at the front entrance in the foyer next to the Sale Day Reception. Should you need any assistance on arrival, see our friendly team.

For a café style menu and an extensive selection of beverages, the Karaka Garden Bar can be found on the ground level of the complex. Snack items and sweet treats are also located on the first level at the Tulloch Café, plus various food trucks will be situated on the lawn area.

For a delectable meal, head to the Ethereal Artisan Kitchen at NZB’s DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka hotel, with signature Karaka cocktails flowing at the Horseshoe Bar.

NZB's pop up merchandise store can be found on the Garden Bar lawn, with a range of Karaka-inspired caps, apparel, accessories for sale enthusiasts to purchase as a keepsake of the iconic Sale. The marquee will be open from Friday 26 January to Friday 2 February, while online orders can continue to be placed at


We look forward to the sale event of the year, and welcome all to join us in experiencing the unique and unforgettable Karaka Experience. For more information view or contact us here