Cup week action

Cantabrians are gearing up for a busy November with a variety of exciting events on the agenda. Included in those are Cup time at Addington Raceway, Riccarton Park racing, and of course, the New Zealand Agricultural Show. Each is a stand-out event in its own right, while together they make for an action-packed Cup & Show week.
Get out and enjoy!


Springtime in Canterbury means it is Cup time at Addington Raceway.

Without doubt one of the great events on the New Zealand sporting and social calendar, it’s a week of celebration for the city of Christchurch, with Addington hosting two days of spectacular racing, entertainment, fashion, great food and wine.

Addington will offer a range of options during the week, including Australasia’s biggest harness racing day, IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 8 November. The return of the IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup to its former glory has the people behind New Zealand’s greatest race buzzing.

But you’ll need to secure tickets early as Addington Raceway CEO, Brian Thompson anticipates that over 20,000 people could flood into the venue to witness the 119th running of the cup.

“Many hospitality packages have already sold out and general admission and other tickets went on sale from September 1,” says Thompson.
IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup kicks off a massive week at Addington with the NZ Free-For-Alls for pacers and the Renwick Farm Dominion Trot on Friday, 11

November, promising to be a truly great day out for everyone and a fantastic way to celebrate Canterbury’s Anniversary Day. There are no public surcharges and entry is by gold coin donation to the chosen charity, Māia Health Foundation.


The New Zealand Agricultural Show, brought to you by Vero and the Canterbury A&P Association, follows in the footsteps of 159 years of history, bringing a touch of tradition to the city and celebrating all that is great about agriculture in a spectacular mix of colour, excitement, innovation, and competition!

With this year’s show being held from 9-11 November, planning is already in full swing.

The Government’s move to extend its insurance scheme giving large-scale events certainty for another year, was welcome news, allowing forward planning with more confidence.

“We’re on a mission to make The Show an affordable day out for families and are proud to announce all children under the age of 18 can attend for free. Every Adult or Senior ticket purchased can include up to three kids’ tickets at no charge, as we want every child in Canterbury to have the opportunity to come along,” says a spokesperson.

Tickets and corporate hosting packages are on sale now at


A Canterbury social highlight featuring high-class racing, fashion, food and entertainment across three magnificent days, this year’s Riccarton races take place on 5, 9 and 12 November.

Helping the region celebrate all that is great about spring in Christchurch, top class racing action comprises the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas on Saturday 5 November, Coupland’s Bakeries Mile on Wednesday 9 November, and the Martin Collins New Zealand 159th New Zealand Cup & Barneswood Farm NZ Guineas, along with ‘The Ned Fashion In The Field’ on Saturday 12 November.

A variety of hospitality options are available, but tickets are selling fast. The Stables is Riccarton Park’s exciting and chic hospitality experience.

This all-inclusive package includes an entire day full of fun, food, entertainment and world class racing, all from prime positioning at an elevated and exclusive area on the Guineas Terrace, overlooking the finishing post.

Exciting prizes are up for grabs at The Ned Spring Fashion in the Field competition. The Overall lady winner receives a trip for four to Marlborough for two nights including lunch, dinner, winery tour, Leefield Station experience and wine tasting with Brent Marris the Owner/Wine Maker. Plus a year’s supply of Ned, a six pack delivered to her home each month. Prizes also include diamond cluster earrings, and magnums of wine.

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