NZ Cup Day FAQ’s

The information below is correct for Addington Cup Week in 2017.  This information will be updated throughout 2018 once details are confirmed.


Are there any major changes for 2017?
There are no major changes for 2017. We have made improvements to the Public Village, access to the track for the public and new entertainment with Mitch James performing on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop Area, Theia on the Public Village Stage and Moses McKay singing the National Anthem.

Click here to view the 2017 course map

What are the changes to the Public Village?
This year we will be providing more shade in the Public Village and increasing the size of the marquee that offers food, beverage and TAB facilities. We have also added an additional access way to trackside from the end of the Public Village closest to the Metropolitan Stand.

What are the public car parking options?
There will be two public car parks this year. Car park 1 is located at the front of Horncastle Arena and Car park 2 is located on the grassed area behind Horncastle Area. The car parking in the center track area is restricted to Hospitality pass holders only.

Where is the drop off and pick up zone?
There will be a pick up and drop off zone located near the main entrance. This will be located just off Jack Hinton Drive in the area that we have opened up so cars can exit via Lindores Street out onto Lincoln Road.

What is the TAB Trackside Retreat?
The TAB Trackside Retreat is located in the Public Village. The ticket price includes gate entry, marquee access, exclusive TAB facilities (located in the retreat) and a race guide.   For further details click here.

What are the entrances?
General Admission and Lindauer Lawn ticket holders’ entrance is the main entrance at Horncastle Arena (marked A on the map). Hospitality pass holders will have entrances off Wrights Road and via the centre track parking area. If travelling by taxi please make sure you advise your taxi driver as to what type of ticket you hold so they know which entrance to take you to. Bus drivers will have been advised of what entrance to take ticket holders to. Members will still be able to access the course via the members cark park.

Click here to view the 2017 course map



How do I purchase tickets before New Zealand Trotting Cup Day?
Please visit our Tickets page

How much are General Admission tickets?
2017 Ticket Prices:

1 September to 31 October $22 per person + booking fee
1 to 14 November $32 per person + booking fee
14 November – online $32 per person + booking fee
14 November – at the gate $40 per person (cash only)

Please Note:

  • Persons under the age of 18 years entering the course must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Gates open at 9.30am
  • Prices include GST

Why does my ticket have a QR code?
All tickets for 2017 will be QR coded for security purposes and they will be scanned as you enter the venue.

Can I purchase a ticket on the day?
Yes you can and tickets will cost:

Online $32 per person + booking fee
At the gate $40 per person (cash only)

At the gate tickets can only be purchased with cash at the main entrance at Horncastle Arena.

Click here to view the 2017 course map

Where does my General Admission (GA) ticket get me?
GA ticket gives you access to all public areas, including the Public Village and temporary grand stand seating (uncovered) along the home straight. It does NOT give you access to the Lindauer Lawn, Hospitality Areas or the Metropolitan Stand.

Is there any age restrictions?
Persons under the age of 18 years entering the course must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. No-one aged under 18 years will be admitted to the Lindauer Lawn.

What is the definition of a Legal Guardian?
(Required for entry for persons aged under 18 years)
A legal guardian is a person who has the legal authority (and the corresponding duty) to care for the personal and property interests of another person, called a ward.

I have purchased a GA ticket but on the day I find out all my friends are on the Lindauer Lawn, can I upgrade?
In the unlikely event that the Lindauer Lawn is not sold out there will be a limited number of upgrade tickets available for purchase at the information booth located by the entrance to the Public Village. To be guaranteed access it is advisable to purchase your Lindauer Lawn ticket in advance.

How much are Lindauer Lawn tickets?
2017 Ticket Prices:

1 September to 14 November $70 per person + booking fee
14 November – online $70 per person + booking fee (if not sold out prior)
14 November – on course If not sold out prior, limited tickets may be available at the information booth. You will need to purchase a general admission ticket and then enquire at the information booth for an upgrade ticket to the Lindauer Lawn.

Please Note:

  • Tickets for this area are limited and extremely popular so make sure you book your tickets early
  • The Lindauer Lawn is for patrons aged 18 and over
  • Prices include GST
  • Gates open at 9.30am
  • To access the Lindauer Lawn, tickets will be scanned at the main entrance at Horncastle Area, you will then be allocated a special wristband, which will need to be worn to access the Lindauer Lawn.

Is there an age restriction on the Lindauer Lawn?
The Lindauer Lawn is for patrons aged 18 and over.

I lost my ticket, can I get a new one?
We are able to replace lost tickets. If you have lost a General Admission or Lindauer Lawn ticket we can replace it upon proof of purchase. Replacement will invalidate your original ticket. Please contact DASH Tickets on 0800 327 484.

If you have lost a hospitality ticket, please email Joanne McMaster on and she will deal with each lost ticket on a case by case basis.

I can’t come to Cup Day any more, can I get a refund?
There are no refunds on tickets.

Will there be any pass outs this year?
Pass outs will not be permitted on Cup Day.



Will there be a free bus service this year?
Yes, Addington Raceway is providing a free drop-off bus service from 5.30pm for on-course patrons that have attended Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day. The service will depart on the half hour between 5.30pm and 7.00pm. Drop off points are outside Christchurch Casino on Victoria Street and McDonalds on Papanui Road, Merivale.

Can I bring my car?
Yes you can and there is no charge for car parking, however, it is limited. We strongly encourage you to taxi or bus to the track and leave your car at home.

New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) Members – If you are a NZMTC member there are a limited number of member parks. These can be accessed via Twiggers Street and the AMI Stadium entrance and your member car pass must be displayed.

Hospitality Area – If you hold a pass to one of our Hospitality areas you will be able to park in the Centre Track. There will be entrance gates in the center track and near the hospitality car park for you to access the course.

General Public – There will be two public car parks this year. Car park 1 is located at the front of Horncastle Arena and Car park 2 is located on the grassed area behind Horncastle Area. There is no public car park in the centre track.

Cars need to be collected on the Wednesday by 10.00am. All cars are left at the owners risk; the Club takes no responsibility in the event of any loss, theft or damage to the vehicle.

Click here to view the 2017 course map

Can I bring my flat deck truck, bus or campervan and park in the centre of the track?
No, these vehicles will not be permitted in the centre of the track carpark.

We strongly encourage you to Taxi to the track and leave your car at home. Don’t drink and drive, use our preferred taxi supplier Blue Star Taxis to get you to and from the track. They will drop you off at the Horncastle Arena entrance and you can grab one from the same place for the journey home. Ring 379 9799 and book your taxi to the track today.



My work is interested in having a great day out at the races, what hospitality packages do you offer?
We’ve got some great packages suitable for all budgets. Please visit our Hospitality page for more information and to book this option.

I’m in a hospitality area, what time does the hospitality start?
All corporate areas open from 11.00am with food and beverage hospitality commencing from 11.30am.

Is there a dress code in the Corporate Areas?
In the corporate areas we require a high standard of dress. No trackpants, sneakers, t-shirts, jandals, shorts or sportswear are permitted in these areas. Men at a minimum are required to wear a collared shirt and a sports jacket.

I have been given a pass and a wristband for my hospitality area, why?
These are so you can access your hospitality area. You will need the correct pass and wristband for your area and these must be worn and be visible at all times.



What time do the gates open?
The gates open at 9.30am for public and at 8.30am for members.

Where are the entrances?
General Admission and Lindauer Lawn
– Entrance A – Horncastle Arena (pedestrian)

Members and VIP Car Park – Entrance B – Public Cark Park 1 (pedestrian) & Entrance C – AMI Stadium Entrance (car park)

Hospitality Guests – Entrance D – off Wrights Rd (pedestrian) & Entrance E – Centre Track (car park)

Click here to view the 2017 course map

What time is the first race?
12.02pm (please note that time is subject to change)

What time is the last race?
6.25pm (please note that time is subject to change)

What time is the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup race?
5.10pm (please note that time is subject to change)

Where can I get a Racebook? Do they cost?
Racebooks cost $8 and will be available for purchase at each of the entrances and from the Race Book Tent and Information Booth at the entrance to the Public Village. Our charity partner St John will have volunteers selling the racebooks and a portion of racebook proceeds will be donated to St John.  Pens will also be available for $2.

Can I bring my own food?
You may bring your own picnic or food from home however we do not permit commercial on site such as KFC, Pizza Hut etc. Strictly no alcohol is permitted; however there will be plenty of fabulous food available for purchase on track by the general public in the Public Village and on the Lindauer Lawn and for members in the Silks Lounge.

Can I bring my own alcohol?
The course is a fully licensed premises and NO BYO ALCOHOL is permitted. There will be security checks on all gates to ensure no alcohol is brought on site.

Temporary Alcohol Ban
There is a temporary alcohol ban in place around Addington Raceway on Cup Day, Tuesday 8 November, from 9am to 10pm. Click here to view the map showing which areas this covers.

Do I need a wrist band?
Yes, if you are intending to consume alcohol while on course you will need a wristband. There will be wrist banding tents at each of the entrances. Please make sure you bring suitable ID with you; NZ Drivers License, HANZ R18 Card or Passport. NO WRISTBAND = NO SERVICE.

Last year I could only buy a certain number of drinks per visit…Will there be a limit on the number of drinks I can purchase again this year?
Yes, both Lindauer Lawn and Public bars will commence with a maximum of four drinks per person. Addington management in line with its host responsibility policy will monitor service throughout the day and have the right to decrease this number at any time.

Can I smoke on course?
Smoking is prohibited in ALL indoor venues: corporate marquees included.

Is there Eftpos on course?
Yes, there will be Eftpos on course but to avoid queues it is advisable to come with some cash.

Are there reserved seats available for purchase in the temporary grandstand?
Yes there are. They are $65 (includes General Admission). Please visit our Reserved Seating page for more information and to book.

I’m interested in entering the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes & ZM Body Art Competitions where do I find more information?
Please visit our NZ Cup Day Fashion & Style page for more information and to register. Please note online registrations close at 11am on Monday 7 November 2016. Late registration can be made on the day from 9.30am at the Fashion Marquee.

Click here to view the 2017 course map

I’m interested in covering Cup Day for a newspaper, print publication, website, radio station or TV programme how do I find out about media accreditation?
Please contact Darlene Loader via email on for more information on the media accreditation process.

I’m interested in becoming a business partner and supporter of Addington Raceway?
Fantastic: contact Keryn McElroy our Business & Marketing Manager and she’ll be able to answer any questions you have via email on

Can I become a member of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC)? And what are the benefits of being a NZMTC Member?
Yes you can, there are many great benefits of being an NZMTC Member: check out our Membership page for more information or contact us if you have any further questions on

Are you prepared for earthquakes and or emergencies?
We certainly are, we have a dedicated Emergency Management Response Team, who meet prior to every race meeting to go over their plans, and Cup Day will be no different.

Your emergency exits will be pointed out to you if you are in an area indoors and the Duty Warden whose instructions you need to follow in the unlikely event of an emergency will be introduced to you in the area or floor you are located in for the day. In the unlikely event of an earthquake or any event which requires evacuation please remain calm and listen to the wardens’ instructions. If you are in the Metropolitan Stand the lift must NOT be used in an emergency. If we are required to evacuate, Centre of the track patrons please assemble in the very middle of the track away from all structures, those in the public areas and Metropolitan or Twiggers Stand please assemble in the car park behind the Metropolitan Stand.



What else is happening on Cup Day apart from spectacular harness racing?

  • The Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes & ZM Body Art competitions will be taking place on the stage in the Public Village and Finals staged in the Presentation Area in front of the Metropolitan Stand.
  • Purchase a 2017 New Zealand Trotting Cup Pin for $5 and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to our charity partner Ronald McDonald South Island.  Look out for the Ronald McDonald South Island volunteers who will be out and about at the races on Cup Day selling the Pins.
  • Lindauer and NZME will be hosting promotional interactive areas in the Public Village and on the Lindauer Lawn.
  • “Mitch James” be performing on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop Area. You will need to purchase a Lindauer Lawn ticket to catch him in action.
  • “Theia” will be performing in the Public Village.

For more information on our Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day entertainment visit our Entertainment page.

Can I go see the horses in the stables?
No. Unless you are an HRNZ official license holder, a registered owner of a horse engaged to race on Cup Day or have a Stabling Area Awareness Course (SAAC) pass you will not be able to gain access to the stables.

I’m an official owner of a horse racing on Cup Day, where can I watch my race from? And where do I collect my owners pass stable pass?
Please collect your owner’s lanyard from the Owners Ticket Office at Horncastle Arena Ticket Office (adjacent to the main entrance) prior to entering the race course. These can be picked up at the following times:

  • Monday 13 November from Noon to 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 November from 9.00am to 4.30pm

Please bring appropriate ID with you. For the race your horse is engaged in you are able to sit in the owners Reserved Seating outside the Christian Cullen Lounge on Level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand.

I’m new to harness racing and would love to know a little more about it
Please visit Harness Racing New Zealand’s website and check out the beginners guide to racing, you’ll be the envy of all your friends with your new found knowledge!



Go up to a betting window, and talk to the TAB operator. There will be a queue if a race is starting soon. The cardinal rule is, get your bet on early.

What do I say?
Just three simple things:

  • The number of the race (or just say “the next race” if that’s the one you want).
  • The number of the runner, that’s the number on their saddlecloth.
  • How much you want to pay for your bet.

Bet types to choose from

Win: Pick a runner to finish first.

Place: Pick a runner to be first, second or third.

Each Way: This popular bet gives you both a win and place on your pick: e.g. $1 each way costs $2 : $1 for the win bet and $1 for the place bet. If your pick wins you collect win and place dividends; if it comes second you collect the place dividend.

Easy Bet: If you can’t decide, an Easybet is the simple and easy way to get your selection(s) for the race. By asking the TAB operator for an “Easybet”, the TAB computer will select your runners.

Got your ticket? Check it!

Check your ticket and make sure there’s no mistake or misunderstanding before you leave the window. The rules are, in the 30 minutes before the race starts, you have 2 minutes to cancel a win, place or quinella bet if a mistake has been made.

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