Show Day Races FAQ’s

NOTE: All information is correct as of the current date for the 2018 Show Day Races.
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


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

How much are General Admission tickets?
2018 Show Day Races General Admission Ticket Prices:
Gold Coin Donation for Charity!
In 2018 we will once again supported the Maia Health Foundation with a gold coin donation upon entry with all proceeds going to support their amazing cause.

Entry included access to all general public areas, including the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, and the Christian Cullen Lounge.  There was be live music on the Lindauer Lawn and our new Kids Zone on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop.

Entry prices and entertainment for our 2019 event will be updated as details are confirmed.

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 alcohol

Is there a cost to access Spectators (Addington’s 7-day bar & bistro) on Show Day?
2018 Show Day Races Spectators Ticket Prices:
Online Adult (3 September until sold out) – TBC
Online Child (3 September until sold out) – TBC

On the day, if they are not sold out prior, Spectators Bar & Bistro tickets may be available. You will need to pay your gold coin donation and then enquire at the Race Day Reception desk for an upgrade ticket to Spectators Bar & Bistro.

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

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 are QR coded for security purposes and will be scanned on entry.

Can I purchase a ticket on the day?
Yes you can. Spectators tickets (if not sold out prior) can be purchased at the Race Day Reception Desk which is located on the ground floor of the Metropolitan Stand.

I lost my ticket, can I get a new one?
Yes, we are able to replace lost tickets, but you will need to provide 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?
Sorry, 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, please use our preferred taxi supplier Blue Star Taxis. 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!



What time do the gates open?
The gates open at 10.30am.

Where are the entrances?
Main pedestrian entrance – Horncastle Arena
Members and public parking – via Jack Hinton Drive

What time is the first race?
12.15pm (please note that time is subject to change)

What time is the last race?
6.34pm (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 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 McDonald. There will be plenty of fabulous food available for purchase on track on the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns and Christian Cullen Lounge for general public and in the Silks Lounge for members.

Strictly no alcohol is permitted.

Can I bring my own alcohol?
Sorry, 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 including corporate marquees.

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! Please email Keryn McElroy (Business & Marketing Manager) on and she will help you and answer any 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 contact us if you have any further questions on

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 Show 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
  • Everyone should assemble in the car park behind the Metropolitan Stand.



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

  • Free children’s activities in the Kids Zone, located on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop.
  • Live music from Christchurch Band, Sky Machine on the Lindauer Lawn

Can I go see the horses in the stables?
Sorry you may not . Unless you are an HRNZ official license holder, a registered owner of a horse engaged to race on Show 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 stable pass?
Please collect your owner’s lanyard from the Owners Ticket Office, located adjacent to the Metropolitan Stand entrance.   Please bring appropriate ID with you.

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 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 horse (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 horse to be first, second or third.

Win: Pick a horse to finish first.

Got your ticket? Check it!
Check your ticket and make sure there’s no mistake or misunderstanding before you leave the window. The rules state that 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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