Beginners Guide

Never been to New Zealand Cup and Show Week, trying to plan your outfit or just want to learn more about each event? Check out our beginners guide to the week and discover what events are right for you.

Saturday 10 November
Al Basti Equiworld NZ 2000 Guineas Day
Riccarton Park Racecourse

Get New Zealand Cup and Show Week off to a fitting start by heading to Riccarton Park for ‘Guineas Day’. An action packed day of racing to kick off the week, this event will give you a great taste of what lies ahead. Various ticketing packages are available from General Admission, to a private box.

Event guide to Guineas Day at Riccarton


Tuesday 13 November
Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day
Addington Raceway

One of the most glamorous and highly anticipated social events on Canterbury’s calendar. ‘Cup Day’ is a spectacular celebration of fashion, food, racing and fun. Fashionistas will shine in the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes or The Hits Body Art, with over $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. This day has something for everyone, from a more laid back environment in the Public Village, to the Lindauer Lawn for those who like to be in the midst of the action.

Event guide to Addington Cup Day


Wednesday 14 November
Coupland’s Bakeries Mile
Riccarton Park Racecourse

‘Ladies Day’ combines fabulous fashion in the field and great action on the track. Live music will add to the party atmosphere so gather your girlfriends, dust off your fascinator and reserve your spot! From hospitality suites to the Members grandstand there are a range of packages available to suit every taste.

Ladies day event guide


Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 November
New Zealand Agricultural Show
Canterbury Agricultural Park

The Show has delighted visitors; young and old, every year since it began in 1863. Lured by the tastes of gourmet food and wines, stomach-churning rides, feature entertainment, and the sights and sounds of the farmyard, The Show has become an annual ritual for Cantabrians. Take advantage of the early bird specials to save up to 25% on gate prices. Children under 5 are free.

Event guide to Canterbury A&P Show


Friday 16 November
Show Day Races
Addington Raceway

Bring the kids, pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxed day at the races to celebrate Canterbury Anniversary Day. There will be a new children’s entertainment zone with activities for all ages. This year there will be no charge for GA tickets, Addington kindly ask that you bring a gold coin donation to support The Māia Health Foundation. No Public Surcharges.

Event guide to Show Day Races


Saturday 17 November
Christchurch Casino NZ Cup & 1000 Guineas Day
Riccarton Park Racecourse

Finish New Zealand Cup and Show Week in style at one of the most popular racing events in the country. While the stakes will be high on the track, on the field there will also be plenty to play for, so dress to impress. This day is one for the grown-ups with entry restricted to those aged 18 and over. Enjoy a ‘boot party’ with friends or be seen in the Christchurch Casino Stables, a range of packages are available.

Event guide to NZ Cup Day at Riccarton