Your guide to the New Zealand Agricultural Show

 

Welcoming over 100,000 visitors through the gates, the New Zealand Agricultural Show brings a touch of tradition to the city and celebrates all that is great about rural life. With a packed schedule of top livestock and equestrian events, live music, Endurocross, fun-filled family entertainment, an indulgent Food & Wine Village and so much more, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this spectacular Show.

To make it easy for you, we thought we’d write an ultimate guide to the NZAG Show – all you need to do is turn up, and enjoy the day!

Opening hours:

The 2018 New Zealand Agricultural Show will be held Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November (Anniversary Day). The Show will be open from 8.00am to 5.30pm daily.

How to get there:

The Show is held at the Canterbury Agricultural Park, on Wigram Road.

If you are driving, you will be happy to know that parking is FREE! There are three entrances to the public car park: McMahon Drive Entrance, Augustine Drive Entrance and Wigram Road Entrance (via an underpass, strictly cars only, height restriction 2.4m).

The best disabled parking available at the New Zealand Agricultural Show is accessible off Curletts Road.

Red Bus is also running a service from the Bus Interchange (Platform A) on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November, that will drop commuters directly to the Showgrounds. On Thursdays it will depart every hour from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with returns from the show every hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Friday will have increased service, departing from Platform A every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 4:00pm, with returns from the Show every hour from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Prices are $5 one way for adults and $3 one way for children. Cash payment by Metrocard will be accepted (normal discount does not apply).

Tickets:

You will need to pay entry to the Show – either  at the gate, or at an early bird rate online before the show. Tickets at the gate are $28 for an adult, and $10 for a student (aged 5-12 years old). There are also family, student and senior passes available, click here to book: https://www.theshow.co.nz/key-information/tickets/.

Must Do’s

Hazletts Farmyard: The Hazletts Farmyard is one of the most popular spots on the Showgrounds. Children are able to get up close and personal with lambs, calves, puppies, ducklings, piglets, chickens, and plenty more. There are also loads of education components and plenty of friendly volunteers to point you in the right direction.

Gumboot Throwing: The sport of gumboot throwing is a serious business and the NZAG Show happens to be hosting the South Island Champs at the Show this year! Head over to the Entertainment Zone next to the Endurocross Arena during Show Day to give it a go yourself. Anyone can have a go between 10am and 2.30pm and the final will take place at 2.30pm.  There will also be a youth lane running on the Thursday for little ones to train up and compete in future years!

The Carnival: There will be screams of terror and delight coming from the Carnival Area at the New Zealand Agricultural Show. From the popular Ferris Wheel, that will make 2,400 loops over the three days, to the very best of sideshow games to test your skill, the carnival area is great for kids and big kids alike. Rides are priced between $7 and $9.

Shearing Demonstrations: The competitive action in the Shearing Pavilion kicks off on Thursday with Woolhandling heats from 7.30am. Machine and Blade Shearing heats and finals take place from 7.30am on Friday. Don’t miss the World Champs qualifying final on Friday – New Zealand’s top shearers and woolhandlers will battle it out to take a spot in the NZ team that will be competing in the 2018 World Championships in Invercargill. Shearing Demonstrations and Children’s Shearing will be held on Wednesday.

Endurocross: A fusion between the disciplines of motocross and enduro – this is fast and furious motorbiking at its best! Watch as some of Australasia’s best battle it out in a series of sprint races over man-made obstacles.

Food options:

A day at the Show wouldn’t be the same without time-honoured treats like candy floss, hot dogs, whitebait sandwiches and ice-creams. All of your favourite snacks can be found at the New Zealand Agricultural Show, with vendors throughout the showground’s selling the all-time classics.

The Food & Wine Village offers an indulgent haven where you can truly treat yourself with over 50 specialty exhibitors offering samples, unique purchases and expert advice. The village also hosts food demonstrations – this year including Annabelle White, Two Raw Sisters, Nandos and House of Dumplings!

For more information, visit https://www.theshow.co.nz/