Three days to go!

The champagne flutes are being polished, the waiters’ aprons have been laundered and the horses are being groomed. With only three days to go until New Zealand Cup and Show Week kicks off, Christchurch is in pre-production mode for a week of exhilarating horse racing, stylish fashion and entertainment.

‘The excitement is building, as this is the week for our community, city and region to celebrate. It is a great opportunity to connect with the many visitors that travel to Christchurch to revel in the weeks’ events,’ says Linda Falwasser, General Manager of Attraction, ChristchurchNZ.

Fashionistas still have time to enter in both events at Addington Raceway and Riccarton Park Racecourse. The coveted titles of Westfield Riccarton’s Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man are being held at the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway on Tuesday 14 November. The Best Dressed Lady will win return flights to Buenos Aires, courtesy of Air New Zealand.

On the last day of the festival, Saturday 18 November, Riccarton Park Racecourse will play host to Fashion in the Field, where Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Woman will be selected. The ladies will compete for a range of prizes, with the overall winner securing flights for two to Singapore on Singapore Airlines. They will stay five nights with Millennium Hotels and Resorts, courtesy of Mondo Travel. The winner will be invited to represent the region at Ellerslie Racecourse in the Viva Prix de Fashion on 3 March 2018.

A wide array of activities will be taking place at the A&P Show and there will be plenty of opportunities for young children to get up close and personal with farm animals. Catering to the discerning palette, international celebrity chef Sachie Nomura will be whipping up a storm at the Westinghouse Demonstration Kitchen in the Food and Wine Village. Adding to the atmosphere will be urban musician Ladi6, who will headline the ASB Village Green on Show Day as well as country music sensation, Kaylee Bell.


To enter the fashion and body art competitions at Addington Raceway:

To enter Fashion in the Field at Riccarton Park Racecourse:

Information from Christchurch City Council on alcohol bans: