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Fashion, frocks & fascinators

A spectacle of racing will entertain the crows, celebratory bubbles will clink and fabulous fashion will feature because, for as long as we can remember, fashion has been inextricably entwined with horse racing.




And although fierce competition between trainers, drivers and breeders is a timeless feature of the sport, the fashion stakes too are high as stylish racegoers prepare for this iconic event.

Off the track, hats, shoes and dresses which are as colourful and creative as the jockeys’ silks will as ever draw eyes from the national and international world of fashion, at this year’s Cup and Show Week.

Despite – or perhaps even because of – fashion’s increasingly casual constitution, the opportunity to honour a much more traditional aesthetic when it comes to refining a race day look offers an exciting change of sartorial pace for most.

Irrespective of the conservative nature of the day, there’s still plenty of room to have some fun with fashion. Hats, fascinators and block colour are just some of the ways you can stand out from the style crowd.







Let the celebrations begin at No.4

Hold on tight, it’s going to be a riot of a ride all the way to Christmas at No.4. One of Christchurch’s most iconic gastropubs, No.4 never fails to deliver a good time.



The calendar is chocka full of excuses for a long lunch, a few quiets or a night out, and bookings are filling up fast.

Starting with the 2019 Rugby World Cup, No.4 is the place to be to watch our All Blacks make it a three-peat. All the games will be screened live, right through to the final on 2 November.

Rolling right on into New Zealand Cup and Show Week, No.4’s legendary Cup Day Breakfast and Bus sets the day up nicely. Not only does the bus get you there in style, it brings you back in plenty of time to continue the celebrations into the evening, with plenty happening back at No.4 all week for those staying behind as well.

Now’s also the time to sort that Christmas get-together with friends, family or work colleagues. No.4 is renowned for top-notch functions, with a selection of function areas, and the famous No.4 planks taking centre stage.

Pop along to No.4 at 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale, phone 355 3720 to make your booking or visit




Wardrobe staples for Cup Week: Country Lane

Rangiora’s iconic women’s fashion store Country Lane has been showcasing New Zealand and international fashion labels for almost 30 years, bringing you timeless wardrobe staples alongside some of the latest trends.



If you’re off to the races this Cup and Show Week, or you’re heading to a wedding, you need to see the range of Moss & Spy, Closet London and Loobie’s Story pieces. These labels offer a mix of modern elegance and classic styles in beautiful quality fabrics.

Match these with an Olga Berg clutch, jewellery by Pilgrim and Four Corners, and footwear from Kathryn Wilson, all of which you can find in store.

If for you Show Week is about relaxation, barbecues and catching up with friends, the store a great selection of New London and Zhrill denim that you can match with an Elk top or Elm tee, and finish your look with a Superga sneaker or an Emporio slide for effortless comfort and style.

To guide you, Country Lane has passionate and experienced staff who share the vision for premium customer service in a no-pressure environment. They’ll help you find something that not only looks fabulous, but will make you feel amazing too! After all, their motto is; “life is too short to wear boring clothes”.

Located centrally in the heart of Rangiora at 140 High Street, Country Lane is the perfect shop to relax and try on items at your own pace. Also, head online and keep up-to-date with the range of new styles at




7 Show Stoppers: Rangiora Shoelines

Get your spring shoe selection up to date with the unique and exciting new footwear at Rangiora Shoelines. We’re head over heels for these seven spectacular styles.




Fresh springtime styles in a delightful palette of colours are coming in hot off the runway and straight onto the shelves at Shoelines, 162 High Street – just in time for Cup and Show season and, of course, summer!

Perspex and polished wood heels can be spotted amongst the range of beautiful footwear, as well as stunning colour combinations. Slides and slingbacks are brilliant choices for the seasons ahead, and on-trend woven leather makes for a delightful addition to your shoe collection. Brands to browse include Diesel, Minx, Hispanitas and Kacper (the only stockist of this brand in the South Island!)

Jill, Sandra, Linda and Debby are on-hand to offer their advice and expertise. “We have wonderful customers, and our friendly and enthusiastic team enjoy offering great depth of knowledge on all styles available,” says Sandra.

Shop online at or give the lovely ladies a call on 03 313 8444.





Celebrating in style: The George

When it come to quality hotels in the Garden City, it’s not hard to see why The George is at the top of the list.



Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to consider the plethora of activities available at this time of year. What better place to book your Christmas function when so much thought goes into their functions and events?

Every aspect of The George is quality. Take for instance their high teas, which are popular for family and friend gatherings. Cup and Show Week wouldn’t be the same without a flute of Nautilus bubbles in hand or perhaps a sumptuous breakfast to start the day at 50 Bistro. Then we come, of course, to the accommodation, where all one’s needs are met when a romantic night away or needing to stay in the inner city is on the cards.



The George is well known for its service and quality on all levels but nothing is more relevant than the standards at Christchurch’s number one fine dining experience, Pescatore. This Christmas, Pescatore is offering a five-course degustation menu for group dining up to 40 guests for the perfect pre-Christmas celebration. If it’s a larger corporate Christmas occasion you are after, there’s a range of recently refreshed event spaces and specially crafted pre-Christmas menus in either buffet or set menu style.

With a range of special functions occurring there is always a reason to savour the pleasure of fine dining whether it’s that important business meeting, a discreet dinner with a client or a romantic couple’s night out.

Located at 50 Park Terrace opposite the beautiful North Hagley Park, The George embodies everything you can dream of in a luxury hotel.




Be part of the magic!

Get ready for the biggest week in Christchurch!



Starting at Addington Raceway, Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 12 November will be full of excitement to toast Christchurch Casino’s 25th anniversary.

This year elegant glasses of Lanson Champagne will clink, gourmet cuisine will be served, and the 116th running of the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup and 11 spectacular races will amaze.

Fabulous race day attire will be seen on the catwalk, with The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition heats and semi-finals being held in The Edge Public Village, and finals in the presentation area. Competition will be fierce with over $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including phenomenal international travel courtesy of Air New Zealand.

This year promises to build on all the excitement, glamour and entertainment the event has become famous for during its proud history that spans more than a century.

On Cup Day, Addington is proudly supporting St John and Ronald McDonald House South Island. The week’s excitement continues at Addington’s Show Day Races on Friday 15 November, Canterbury Anniversary Day, with great racing, live entertainment and a free kids’ entertainment zone and petting zoo. Entry is by gold coin donation to Māia Health Foundation and no public surcharges will apply.

During Cup Week, Addington will be offering an exceptional range of hospitality options, including private and shared marquees, prime viewing hospitality and indoor and outdoor choices. Limited options remain for both days.

Public tickets go on sale 2 September. For full details about how you can #bepartofthemagic, visit



Cup and Show Week fashion

Racing-season stunners: Cup and Show Week fashion

Although its inception was centred around equine rivalry, for as far back as human memory can reach, horse racing has been connected almost inextricably with fashion.


Cup and Show Week fashion


And, while fierce competition is a key feature on the track when it comes to our very own Cup and Show Week in Christchurch, fierce competition is a feature too when it comes the style stakes.
We’ve been keeping a sartorial eye on this year’s large-scale racing events in preparation for our own impending race season. We’ve been seeing rich tones, great textures and a touch of layering coming through this season.



Cup and Show Week fashion
Cup and Show Week fashion


Hand printed florals, lush lace work and exceptional tailoring in on-trend pinks and blushes have all made the cut this year. We’re seeing an increasing number of headbands in lieu of elaborate fascinators and hats.


Cup and Show Week fashion
Cup and Show Week fashion

Colourful prints and graphic patterns are guaranteed to elevate any look, but don’t underestimate the appeal of simple elegance. There’s always room for classic pieces.
From sleek, tailored dresses to fabulous footwear, we’ve rounded up a range of racewear accessories that will guarantee you a style win