Show Day Races FAQ’s

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


How do I purchase tickets before Show Day Races at Addington?
Please visit our Tickets page

How much are General Admission tickets?
In 2017 entry is by way of a gold coin donation, with all funds raised going to the Māia Health Foundation to help them raise the funds for a helipad on the new building at Christchurch Hospital.2017 Ticket Prices:

Please Note:

  • Persons under the age of 18 years entering the course must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Children aged 14 years of age and under are free
  • Gates open at 10.30am
  • There is no BYO
  • All prices include GST

Is there a cost to access Spectators (Addington’s 7 day bar & bistro) on Show Day?
Once again this year there is a cost to access Spectators. Included in the price is access to casual seating in Spectators, a race guide and food, beverage and TAB facilities. You will also have access to all general public areas.

2017 Ticket Prices:

1 September to 17 November $25 per person
17 November – at the gate $25 per person (if not sold out prior)

Please Note:

  • Persons under the age of 18 years entering the course must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Children aged 14 years of age and under are free (limited tickets available)
  • Gates open at 10.30am
  • All prices include GST

Click here to view the 2017 Show Day Race Course Map

Do you charge a public holiday surcharge?
There is no public holiday surcharge on Show Day (Canterbury Anniversary Day) at Addington.

Why does my ticket have a bar 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 Spectators tickets cost $35 (if not sold out prior). These can be purchased at the Race Day Reception Desk, located on the ground floor of the Metropolitan Stand.

I lost my ticket, can I get a new one?
We are able to replace lost tickets. If you have lost a Spectators 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 Show Day Races at Addington any more, can I get a refund?
There are no refunds on tickets.

Will there be any pass outs this year?
Pass outs will be permitted on Show Day.

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 near 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!

Click here to view the 2017 Show Day Race Course Map


What time do the gates open?
The gates open at 10.30am for public and members.

Where are the entrances?
Main Pedestrian Entrance – Horncastle Arena
Members and Public Parking – via Jack Hinton Drive

What time is the first race?
12.05pm (please note that time is subject to change)

What time is the last race?
6.13pm (please note that time is subject to change)

Where can I get a Racebook? Do they cost?
Racebooks cost $5 and will be available for purchase at each of the entrances. 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 in the Public Village and on the Lindauer Lawn for general public and in the Silks Lounge for members.

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.

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.

I’m interested in covering the Show Day Races 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

Click here to view the 2017 Show Day Race Course Map

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 Show 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 Show Day apart from spectacular racing?

  • Free children’s activities including Waterwalkers will be taking place on the Blanc de Blanc Lawn.
  • Christchurch’s band ‘Skymachine’ will be performing on the Lindauer Lawn.

The 2017 Kiwi Punters Championship (KPC) Grand Final will be happening in the TAB Trackside Marquee. There is over $100,000 up for grabs!  Visit the 2017 Kiwi Punters Championship page for more details and to enter.

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 Show Day, 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 prior to entering the race course.  These can be picked up at the following time:

  • Friday 11 November from 10.00am to 4.00pm

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
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.

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.

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

Win: Pick a runner to finish first.

Got your ticket? Check it!

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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.