When is New Zealand Cup and Show Week 2018?

New Zealand Cup and Show Week will be held in Christchurch from Saturday 10 November until Saturday 17 November 2018.

What are the key elements of New Zealand Cup and Show Week?

New Zealand Cup and Show Week involves key events at three venues; Riccarton Park Racecourse, Addington Raceway and Canterbury Agricultural Park. The focus of the spring festival is on racing, agriculture, fashion, family fun and entertainment.

What days are the key events?

The festival will launch with Al Basti Equiworld NZ 2000 Guineas Day on Saturday 10 November at Riccarton Park. Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day at Addington will be held on Tuesday 13, The New Zealand Agricultural Show runs from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16, Show Day Races at Addington on Friday 16 and the week’s key events ends with the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup and New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas Day at Riccarton Park on Saturday 17 November 2018.

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets for New Zealand Cup and Show Week are on sale from 3 September 2018.
Tickets to all events can be purchased through this link.

How do I book hospitality packages to the races?

Both Addington Raceway and Riccarton Park Racecourse have hospitality and marquee packages available to purchase.

Addington Raceway packages.
Riccarton Park Racecourse packages.

Does my car pass for Riccarton Racecourse include individual admission on race day?

No, your car park ticket provides space allocation for one car only, individual entrance tickets still need to be purchased. Depending on the type of ticket you purchase that will determine what access you have around the racecourse.

Can I bring my own alcohol into the Carriage Car Park Zone at Riccarton Park Racecourse on Saturday 17 November?

No, you are not permitted to bring in any alcohol. You can bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, chairs and shade structures. There are well priced bars and food outlets within easy distance of this area. Some restrictions do apply.

How do I enter the best dressed competitions?

Entries for the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes, The Hits Body Art and Fashion in the Field competitions, will be open from 3 September. Entry is free however an entrance ticket must be purchased. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Enter the competitions here.

What other competitions can I enter?

You will have the chance to win  great prizes with New Zealand Cup and Show Week competitions.  You can keep up-to-date with information by ‘liking’ our Facebook page and following us on Instagram, our username is ‘nzcupandshow’.

You can arrive in style at the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 13 with Christchurch Helicopters and Richie! Buy your tickets before 30 September to be in to win. Find out more.

What else is happening in Canterbury around New Zealand Cup and Show Week?

There will be plenty of entertainment happening around the city during the festival.  For information on everything to see, eat and do in the city visit Find: Chch or for information on other Christchurch events visit the Council’s event guide.