FAQ’s

IRT NZ CUP DAY FAQ’S


CLICK HERE FOR THE 2020 Terms & Conditions of Booking & Entry


UPDATES

Please note
All information is correct as of the current date. As details are confirmed for the 2020 Addington Cup Week they will be updated here. Please check back here regularly for updates or email info@addington.co.nz to be added to our database and make sure you are kept up with all the latest updates.

Reserved Seating
This year Addington Cup Week will not have the temporary grandstand, therefore will not be offering a reserved seating ticket option. We apologise for any inconvenience around this

Will Cup Day still run in Alert level 2?
Under Alert level 2 there will be no guests allowed in The Edge Public Village, Punters Lounge and Lindauer Lawn, a full refund will be given to anyone who holds any of these tickets.

How are you managing the crowds?
We have changed the landscape of IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day event and the footprint with limited numbers in all areas allowing us to have space for guest to social distance and not feel cramped.

The Edge Public Village – has it changed?
This year the Edge Public Village has reduced in size due to current situation. The big indoor seating area marquee and the temporary grandstand will not be available this year.  There will still be a bar and betting marquee, smaller indoor seating area, food courtyard, Speights beer garden, a grass area to sit and watch the races with plenty of outdoor tables and chairs, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition and The edge DJ.

Fashion Competition
Yes this is happening, information around this will launch first week in October, the competition will run from 11.00am to 3.00pm on Tuesday 10 November.

Make sure you download the TAB app prior to the day!
The TAB app is offering bonus bets to all new digital account customers. Simply use the promo code ADDINGTONand the TAB will match your first deposit, up to $200 in bonus bets. There will be limited tote operators on course, however, you can bet through the self-service terminal machines or the TAB app on your phone. There will be staff on course to assist you.


TICKETING

How do I purchase tickets before IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Day?
Please visit our IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day page.  Tickets in all areas are strictly limited this year.  We recommend you purchase your ticket early.

How much are General Admission tickets?
2020 General Admission Ticket Prices:
Earlybird – $25 per person + fee (available until 13 Oct unless sold out prior)
General Release – $35 per person + fee (available from 14 Oct until sold out)

Please Note:

  • Tickets are strictly limited this year
  • 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 11.00am
  • Prices include GST but exclude fees (booking and credit card)
  • To access the course, tickets will be scanned at the main entrance at Christchurch Arena, you will then be allocated an AWOP (Another Way Of Paying) wristband, which will need to be worn
  • AWOP is in use for all purchases

What happens if the IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day is cancelled due to Covid-19?
All tickets, including fees, will be fully refunded.  For details of our terms & conditions of booking and entry click here.

Why does my ticket have a QR code?
All 2020 tickets are security QR coded and will be scanned on entry.

Can I purchase a ticket on the day?
Yes, online tickets (unless sold out prior) will be available until gates open at 11.00am.  Tickets are strictly limited this year and there are no cash gate sales.

Where does my General Admission (GA) ticket get me?
GA ticket gives you access to all public areas, including The Edge Public Village and to the grass areas 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?
There are no upgrades available on the day.  Upgrades can be arranged prior to the day by contacting Addington Raceway on info@addington.co.nz.  You will need to purchase a Lindauer Lawn ticket before a refund will be issued on your General Admission ticket and this must be done prior to the day.  As tickets are strictly limited this year to be guaranteed access please purchase your Lindauer Lawn ticket in advance.

How much are Lindauer Lawn tickets?
2020 Lindauer Lawn Tickets – $70 per person + fee

Please Note:

  • Tickets for the Lindauer Lawn are strictly limited and extremely popular, so make sure you book your tickets early.
  • The Lindauer Lawn is an R18 venue. Guests will be aged verified and no-one aged under 18 years will be admitted, even in the company of a parent or legal guardian.
  • Gates open at 11.00am
  • To access the Lindauer Lawn, tickets will be scanned at the main entrance at Christchurch Arena, you will then be allocated an AWOP (Another Way Of Paying) wristband, which will need to be worn and will give you access to the Lindauer Lawn
  • AWOP is in use for all purchases

Is there an age restriction on the Lindauer Lawn?
The Lindauer Lawn is an R18 venue. Guests will be aged verified and no-one aged under 18 years will be admitted, even in the company of a parent or legal guardian.

What is the Punters Lounge?
For the ultimate betting experience with friends or colleagues there is no better place to view all the top racing action.  The Punters Lounge is located in The Club House (ground floor Twiggers Stand) and guests also have access to the Lindauer Lawn and Rooftop to watch all the racing action live.  For more details or to book visit the IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day page.

How much are Punters Lounge tickets?
2020 Punters Lounge Tickets – $120 per person + fee

What are the entrances to Addington Raceway?
Access for everyone is via the entrance at Christchurch Arena. There is no access via Wrights Road this year, this includes Hospitality guests and guest travelling by bus.  If travelling by taxi or bus please make sure you advise your driver to takes you to the entrance at Christchurch Arena. The entrance can be accessed via Twiggers Street and Jack Hinton Drive off Whiteleigh Ave.

Hospitality pass holders will also have access via their centre track parking area.

NZMTC members will still be able to access the course via their members gate and cark park until 11.00am. After this time NZMTC members will need to access the course via the entrance at Christchurch Arena.

Click here to view the map.

What is AWOP (Another Way Of Paying)?
AWOP will be in operation for all General Admission, Lindauer Lawn and Punters Lounge tickets.  Your AWOP wristband will be needed for all purchases including betting, however, collection of any winnings will be paid in cash.  Click here for details of how AWOP works. For further details visit awop.co.nz

What is AML?
AML (Anti Money Laundering) is a new law that the TAB must follow.  The TAB is required by law to see Photo ID and proof of residential address if you are betting or collecting to the value of $1,000 or more, unless you have a Punters Pass or TAB Account.  For further information click here.

TAB App
Make sure you download the TAB app prior to the day! The TAB app is offering bonus bets to all new digital account customers.  Simply use the promo code ADDINGTON and the TAB will match your first deposit, up to $200 in bonus bets.  Click here to create an account.  There will be limited tote operators on course, however, you can bet through the self-service terminal machines or the TAB app on your phone. There will be staff on course to assist you.

I lost my ticket; can I get a new one?
Yes. If you have lost a General Admission, Lindauer Lawn or Punters Lounge ticket we can replace it upon proof of purchase. Replacement will invalidate your original ticket. Please contact Ticket Fairy on www.support.ticketfairy.com/.

If you have lost a hospitality ticket, please email Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz and she will deal with each lost ticket on a case by case basis.

I can’t come to IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day anymore, can I get a refund?
There are no ticket refunds, unless there are extenuating circumstances and these are issued at the discretion of Addington Raceway.  Ticket Fairy (our ticket supplier) does have a re-sale system available, please visit www.ticketfairy.com/resales/ for how this works.

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


GETTING TO AND FROM ADDINGTON

Can I bring my car?
Yes. There is no charge for car parking, however, with IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day being a major event, on-site parking is limited.  We strongly recommend you taxi or bus to Addington. First Direct Taxis are our taxi company of choice and to view the Metro bus timetables click here.

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 Orangetheory Stadium entrance. Your member car pass must be displayed.  The car park opens at 9.30am, however, the NZMTC Member entrance gate is open from 10.00am to 11.00am.  After this time NZMTC members will need to access the course via the entrance at Christchurch Arena.

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:

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

Click here to view the 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 car park.

Taxis
We strongly encourage you to taxi to the track and leave your car at home. Don’t drink and drive.  First Direct Taxis are our taxi company of choice.  Book your taxi online here.


HOSPITALITY

My work is interested in having a great day out at the races, what hospitality packages do you offer?
We’ve got great packages available. Please visit our Hospitality page to ensure you will experience an event like no other.

I’m in a hospitality area, what time does the hospitality start?
Hospitality areas open from 11.30am and the food and beverage service from 12noon and concludes at the commencement of the last race.

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.


GENERAL INFORMATION

What time do the gates open?
The gates open at 10.00am for members and 11.00am for the public.

Where are the entrances?
Access for everyone is via the entrance at Christchurch Arena. There is no access via Wrights Road this year, this includes for hospitality guests and guest travelling by bus. If you are travelling by taxi or bus please make sure you advise your driver to takes you to the entrance at Christchurch Arena. The entrance can be accessed via Twiggers Street and Jack Hinton Drive off Whiteleigh Ave.

Hospitality pass holders will also have access via their centre track parking area.

NZMTC members will still be able to access the course via their members gate and cark park until 11.00am. After this time NZMTC members will need to access the course via the entrance at Christchurch Arena.

Click here to view the map.

What time is the first race?
12.25pm (please note that time is subject to change)

What time is the last race?
6.45pm (please note that time is subject to change)

What time is the IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup race?
5.34pm (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 the entrance. 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.

Please note: racebooks are included in your hospitality package

Can I bring my own food?
Yes, however, commercial food, of any type, is NOT permitted and this will be enforced at all gates.

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 IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day, Tuesday 10 November, from 9am to 10pm. Click here to view the map showing which areas this covers.

Do I need a wristband?
Yes. If you are intending to consume alcohol while on course you will need an AWOP wristband. There will be AWOP wrist-banding tents at the entrance. Please make sure you bring suitable ID with you; NZ Driver’s Licence, HANZ R18 card or a valid passport (in English).

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 this year?
Yes. Both Lindauer Lawn and The Edge 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.  AWOP will be in operation for all General Admission, Lindauer Lawn and Punters Club tickets.  Your AWOP wristband will be needed for all purchases including betting, however, collection of any winnings will be paid in cash.  We also recommend downloading the TAB App for betting.

I’m interested in entering The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition. Where do I find more information?
Please visit our Fashion & Style page for information and to register. Online registrations open from 1 October and close at 11am, Monday 9 November 2020. Registrations can be made on the day from 11.00am until 12.25pm at The Crossing Fashion Starts Here competition marquee, located in The Edge Public Village. If you have registered online you still need to make yourself known at The Crossing Fashion Starts Here competition marquee by 12noon.

I’m interested in covering the IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day for a newspaper, print publication, website, radio station or TV programme. How do I find out about media accreditation?
Please visit our media accreditation page for further details.

I’m interested in becoming a business partner and supporter of Addington Raceway?
Fantastic! contact Courtney Stone on courtney.stone@addington.co.nz and she will be happy to 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 benefits of being an NZMTC Member. Check out our Membership page for more information or email us at membership@addington.co.nz.

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 IRT 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 any lifts
  • 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 or on the racetrack, whichever is the closer location.

ON THE DAY

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

THE CROSSING FASHION STARTS HERE COMPETITION
The Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man competitions will take place in The Edge Public Village. The finals are staged in the presentation area in front of the Metropolitan Stand. For more information please visit our Fashion & Style page.

2020 IRT NZ TROTTING CUP PIN
Purchase a 2020 IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Pin for $5 and 50% of the revenue goes to our charity partner Ronald McDonald House South Island.  Look out for the Ronald McDonald House South Island volunteers selling pins on course.


RACING

Can I go see the horses in the IRT Stables?
Sorry, no you may not. Unless you are an HRNZ official licence 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 IRT 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 pass?
For the race, your horse is racing in, you may sit in the designated owners reserved seating outside the Christian Cullen Lounge on Level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand.  Please collect your owner’s lanyard from the Owners Ticket Booth adjacent to the IRT Stables entrance.   Please bring appropriate ID with you.

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!


BEGINNERS GUIDE TO PLACING A BET

The TAB is required by law to see Photo ID and proof of residential address if you are betting or collecting to the value of $1,000 or more, unless you have a Punters Pass or TAB Account.  For further information click here.

There are 3 ways to bet on the day; via the TAB App, via a Self Service Terminal (SST) or via a tote operator.  As there will be limited tote operators on course, we recommend you download the TAB App prior to arriving.  There will be staff on course to help you with the TAB App and the SST’s.

To bet via a tote operator go to a betting window. 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.

For more information check out tab.co.nz or theraces.co.nz