NZ Cup Day FAQ’s

NOTE: All information is correct as of the current date for the
2018 Addington Cup Week. Some details for 2019 have already been updated.
As details are confirmed for our 2019 event, they will be updated here.
Please check back here regularly for updates.

Download 2018 Terms & Conditions of Entry


Gate Opening Time
All gates will open at 10.30am this year, with the exception of NZMTC Members whose gate will open at 9.30am.

AWOP on Lindauer Lawn
AWOP will be in use for all food & beverage and TAB purchases on the Lindauer Lawn.  If you would like to get a refund on any remain funds on your AWOP please click here for details on how to do this.

Key Times
For a copy of the current key timings for the Races, Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes, The Hits Body Art, Band Playing Times, Addington Social Media Wall please click here. Please note all times are subject to change.



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

How much are General Admission tickets?
2018 General Admission Ticket Prices:
Earlybird (3 September to 31 October) – $22 per person + booking fee
Online Standard (1 to 13 November) – $32 per person + booking fee
At the Gate (13 November) – $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 10.30am
  • Prices include GST

Click here to download a copy of the Course Map

Why does my ticket have a QR code?
All 2018 tickets are security QR coded and will be scanned on entry.

Can I purchase a ticket on the day?
Yes you can. All gate tickets can only be purchased with cash at the main entrance at Horncastle Arena.

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

Are 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 please purchase your Lindauer Lawn ticket in advance.

How much are Lindauer Lawn tickets?
2018 Lindauer Lawn Ticket Prices:
Online Standard (3 September until sold out) – $70 per person + booking fee

Please Note:

  • Tickets for the Lindauer Lawn are limited and extremely popular so make sure you book your tickets early
  • The Lindauer Lawn is for patrons aged 18 and over
  • Gates open at 10.30am
  • To access the Lindauer Lawn, tickets will be scanned at the main entrance at Horncastle Area, you will then be allocated an AWOP wristband, which will need to be worn to access the Lindauer Lawn.
  • AWOP is in use for all food & beverage and TAB purchases on the Lindauer Lawn.

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

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.   This area is now SOLD OUT.

What are the entrances?
The General Admission and Lindauer Lawn ticket holders’ entrance is the main entrance at Horncastle Arena (marked A on the map).

Click here to view 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 know what entrance to take ticket holders to.

Members will still be able to access the course via the members gate and cark park.

I lost my ticket, can I get a new one?
Yes. 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 purchased.

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 Christchurch Casino on Victoria Street and The Terrace in the Central City.

Can I bring my car?
Yes. There is no charge for car parking, however space is limited. We strongly encourage you to travel via taxi or bus.

New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) Members
If you are a NZMTC member there are a limited number of member car parks. These can be accessed via Twiggers Street and the AMI Stadium entrance. Your member car pass must be displayed.  The car park opens at 9.30am.

Hospitality Area
If you hold a pass to one of our Hospitality areas you will be able to park in the Centre Track (accessed via Wrights Road). There will be entrance gates near the hospitality car park for you to access the course.

Any vehicles left overnight are left at the owner’s risk; NZMTC takes no responsibility in the event of any loss, theft or damage to the vehicle. Cars need to be collected on the Wednesday by 10.00am.

General Public
There are two public car parks this year:

  • Car park 1 is located at the front of Horncastle Arena
  • Car park 2 is located on the grassed area behind Horncastle Arena.

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 car park.

We strongly encourage you to taxi to the track and leave your car at home. Don’t drink and drive. Our preferred taxi supplier is Blue Star Taxis. They will drop you off at the Horncastle Arena entrance and you can grab one from the same place for the journey home. Call (03) 379 9799 to book your Blue Star Taxi.



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 for a range of budgets. Please visit our Hospitality page for more information. These package are SOLD OUT.

I’m in a hospitality area, what time does the hospitality start?
Hospitality areas open from 11.00am and there is food and beverage service from 11.30am.

Is there a dress code in the Hospitality Areas?
In the hospitality areas we require a high standard of dress. Track pants, sneakers, t-shirts, jandals, shorts or sportswear are NOT permitted in these areas. Men at a minimum are required to wear a collared shirt and a sports jacket.

Why have I been given a pass and a wristband for my hospitality area?
To access your hospitality area. You will need the correct pass and wristband for your area; these must be worn and be visible at all times.



What time do the gates open?
The gates open at 9.30am for members and 10.30am for the public.

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 map.

What time is the first race?
12.05pm (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?
5.12pm (please note that time is subject to change)

Where can I get a Racebook? Do they cost?
Racebooks cost $10 and may be purchased at each of the entrances and from the Race Book Tent and Information Booth at the entrances to the Public Village and Lindauer Lawn. 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 be sold for $2 each.

Can I bring my own food?
You may bring your own picnic or food from home however we DO NOT allow commercial food on site such as KFC and McDonalids. There will be plenty of fabulous food available for purchase in the Public Village, 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. This will be enforced with security checks at all gates.

Temporary Alcohol Ban
There is a temporary alcohol ban in place around Addington Raceway on Cup Day, Tuesday 13 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 entrance. Please make sure you bring suitable ID with you; NZ Drivers License, HANZ R18 Card or Passport.


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 this year?
Yes. Both Lindauer Lawn and Public Village 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 and hospitality marquees.  There are designated smoking locations on course, which are sign posted.

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

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

I’m interested in entering the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes & The Hits Body Art Competitions. Where do I find more information?
Please visit our NZ Cup Day Fashion & Style page for information and to register. Online registrations close 11am, Monday 12 November 2018. Late registrations can be made on the day from 10.30am at the Fashion Marquee. Late registration for the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Lady close at 12noon, Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dress Man at 12.30pm and The Hits Body Art at 1pm.  If you have registered online you need to make yourself known at the Fashion Registration Marquee by these times.

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

I’m interested in becoming a business partner and supporter of Addington Raceway?
Fantastic! contact Keryn McElroy (Business & Marketing Manager) via email at and she will help you and answer your questions.

Can I become a member of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC)? 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 email us at

Are you prepared for earthquakes and or emergencies?
Yes we are; we have a dedicated Emergency Management Response Team, who meet prior to every race meeting including Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day.

There is a floor warden in every area. In the case of an emergency the floor warden will be identified to you. Please listen and calmly follow their instructions.

If there is an emergency evacuation:

  • DO NOT USE the Metropolitan Stand Lift
  • Centre of the track patrons should assemble in the very middle of the track away from all structures
  • Everyone else should assemble in the car park behind the Metropolitan Stand.



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

Purchase a 2018 New Zealand Trotting Cup Pin for $5 and 50% of the revenue goes to our charity partner Ronald McDonald South Island.  Look out for the Ronald McDonald South Island volunteers selling these pins.

Heats for the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes & The Hits Body Art competitions will take place on the stage in the Public Village. The finals are staged in the presentation area in front of the Metropolitan Stand.

Timings are approximate and subject to change

Heats on the Public Village Stage
10.30am    Registration opens in the Westfield Riccarton Fashion Marquee
11.15am    Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Lady Heats start
12.00pm    Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Lady Registration closes
12.30pm    Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Man Registration closes
12.40pm     Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Lady Semi-Final
12.50pm    Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Man Heats start
1.00pm      The Hits Body Art Registration closes
1.15pm       The Hits Body Art walk through on the Public Village Stage

Finals in the Presentation Area
1.45pm      The Hits Body Art Final
2.15pm      Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Man Final
Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Lady and Runner Up Finals

Sons of Zion – Live on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop Area
12.45pm, 1.15pm, 2.50pm, 3.35pm and 4.15pm

Sweet Mix Kids – Live on the Public Village Stage
1.55pm, 2.50pm, 3.35pm, 4.15pm, 5.36pm, 6.00pm and 6.35pm

12.50 – 1.05pm   Ben & Tom from The Block
1.55 – 2.00pm     The Hits Body Art Winning Model & Artist
2.00 – 2.15pm     Sons of Zion
2.30 – 2.45pm     Sweet Mix Kids
3.30 – 3.40pm     Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Lady, Runner Up and Man

4.05pm       Arrival of the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup
4.54pm       Horse on track for the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup
5.03pm       National Anthem – Le Art singing A Capella

Click here to download a copy of these key times.

Can I go see the horses in the stables?
Sorry, no you may not. Unless you are an HRNZ official license holder, a registered owner of a horse engaged to race on the 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 the day, where can I watch my race from? And where do I collect my owners stable pass?
Please collect your owner’s lanyard from the Owners Ticket Booth adjacent to the Stables entrance.   Please bring appropriate ID with you.

For the race your horse is racing in, you may to sit in the designated owners reserved seating outside the Christian Cullen Lounge on Level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand.

Please note: there are a maximum of 2 passes per owner and 10 per syndicate.

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 beginner’s guide to racing, you’ll be the envy of all your friends with your new-found knowledge!


Go to a betting window and talk to the TAB operator. There will be a queue if a race is starting soon, so 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 horse (that’s the number on their saddlecloth)
  • How much you want to pay for your bet

Bet types to choose from

Win: Pick a horse to finish first.

Place: Pick a horse 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 horses.

Got your ticket? Check it!
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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