1 September 2017
The daffodils are out in bloom and so are the tickets for New Zealand’s biggest and most exciting spring festival. NZ Cup and Show Week runs from November 11 to 18 and combines racing, fashion and agriculture.
Both Addington Raceway and Riccarton Park Racecourse will abound with stylish fashionistas during the eight-day festival, with highlights including the Westfield Style Stakes and ZM Body Art at Addington Raceway.
The coveted Fashion in the Field event will be held at Riccarton Park Racecourse and the Westfield Riccarton Best Dressed Lady will win return flights to Buenos Aires courtesy of Air New Zealand.
On the racing side, both gallops and harness racing are the main events. The Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup races will be held at Addington Raceway on Tuesday 14 November while the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup and gravelhouse.com 1000 Guineas Day will be at Riccarton Park Racecourse on the Saturday. The latter is a little more casual than the Tuesday proceedings, however a fascinator or boater hat would not look out of place.
It’s not all fashion and horse racing. A family favourite is the Canterbury A & P Show, held 15-17 November, where country comes to the city. Over 3,000 animals will be on site, competing for the ‘best of the best’ showing titles, with a total prize pool of $100,000 up for grabs. Gumboots and picnic baskets are a must.
Peter Morrison, the Canterbury Branch President for Hospitality New Zealand, says NZ Cup and Show Week is one of the biggest weeks for hospitality in Christchurch and is the start of the tourism season.
"It also has big economic benefits to the city as there is a huge influx of capital to Canterbury."
Every ticket purchased online in September will go in the draw to win a Rarotonga escape for two, including flights and accommodation thanks to House of Travel and Pacific Resorts Rarotonga.
Tickets are available at www.nzcupandshow.co.nz.
For more information:
03 379 5575