Bred: Paul Viskovich (Cali.)
Sire: Good Journey
Dam: Madera Royal, by Lil Tyler
A homebred for Paul Viskovich, Aotearoa broke his maiden by 4 3/4 lengths at Del Mar. Two months later, Aotearoa secured his first stakes victory when he won the Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita.
Aotearoa is trained by Leonard Powell. He is out of a full sister to multiple stakes winner Mateo.