New Zealand Cup and Show Week starts on Friday

5 November 2013

New Zealand’s biggest Spring festival and Canterbury’s favourite, New Zealand Cup and Show Week starts on Friday evening, 8 November with a free street party in Christchurch’s Re:START mall.

Christchurch City Council Marketing and Events Unit Manager Richard Stokes is encouraging people to take time out to celebrate the city’s festival and enjoy the wide range of events on offer this year.

“We’ve got a big week ahead and it would be great to see everybody out enjoying themselves. Gather your friends and family together and make the most of what’s on offer – there truly is something for everyone this year,” Mr Stokes says.

As well as Friday’s free street party, which features live music acts including OpShop, there is A-league football to look forward to, the Urban Assault obstacle course challenge, and Fashion for a Cure event at the Cardboard Cathedral.

Racing history could play out at the New Zealand Trotting Cup next week, with the same winner from the past two years set to make it three Cup wins in succession at Addington Raceway. Terror To Love is the favourite again for the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup on 12 November.

New Zealand Cup and Show Week key events are: 

Friday 8 November: Street Party in Re:START 4pm to late (free entry) with headline act, OpShop. 

Saturday 9 November: Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas Day, Riccarton Park racecourse. Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory, AMI Stadium 5.30pm. 

Sunday 10 November: Urban Assault, obstacle course race around the central city starting at 9am. 

Monday 11 November: Breast Cancer Research Trust’s Fashion for a Cure, Transitional ‘cardboard’ Cathedral 

Tuesday 12 November: Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day, Addington Raceway 

Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 November: Canterbury A&P Show, Canterbury Agricultural Park 

Wednesday 13 November: Ladies’ Day, Couplands Bakeries Mile, Riccarton Park racecourse. 7 Days, TV3’s live comedy show at St Margaret’s auditorium 

Thursday 14 November: Buy Sell & Exchange NZ Greyhound Cup, Addington Raceway 

Friday 15 November: – Canterbury Anniversary Day Show Day Races, Addington Raceway Canterbury A&P Show at Canterbury Agricultural Park. 

Saturday 16 November: Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup. The 150th running of New Zealand Cup at Riccarton Park racecourse. New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas Day, Riccarton Park racecourse.

Festival events are expected to draw big crowds, particularly if the weather is fine.

“New Zealand Cup and Show Week is one of our most popular festivals and we’re looking forward to seeing large crowds at all the major events. We would really encourage people to use public transport where they can because it’s going to be busy on the roads,’’ says Mr Stokes.

Christchurch City Council is also reminding people heading to New Zealand Trotting Cup Day events at Addington of an alcohol ban in the area on Tuesday 12 November.

The temporary ban is for an area around Addington Raceway and Events Centre from 9am to 10pm on Tuesday 12 November 2013. The area is bounded by Blenheim Road, Moorhouse Avenue, Lincoln Road, Wrights Road and Matipo Street.

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