FAQ’s (Show Day)


NOTE: All information is correct as of the current date for the 2019 Addington Cup Week. As details are updated for the 2020 Addington Cup Week they will be updated here. Please check back here regularly for updates.

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

How much are General Admission tickets?
2019 Show Day Races General Admission Ticket Prices:
Gold Coin Donation for Charity!
In 2019 we will once again be supporting the Mãia Health Foundation with a gold coin donation upon entry with all proceeds going to support their amazing cause.

Entry includes access to the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, Twiggers and the Christian Cullen Lounge where tasty Kiwi treats and refreshments will be available.

Show Day Races headline act on The Lindauer Lawn will be……, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you!

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 bar & bistro) on Show Day?
2019 Show Day Races Spectators Ticket Prices:
Adult (2 September until sold out) – $30 + booking fee
Child (2 September until sold out) – Free (limited tickets)

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

Can I purchase a ticket on the day?
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 Administration desk (located on the ground floor of the Metropolitan Stand) for an upgrade ticket to Spectators Bar & Bistro.

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 joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz and she will deal with each lost ticket on a case by case basis.

I can’t come to Show Day Races at Addington anymore, can I get a refund?
Sorry, there are no refunds on tickets.

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

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

With Show Day  being a major event, on-site parking is limited.  We strongly recommend you taxi or bus to Addington.  Blue Star Taxis are our taxi company of choice.  Make sure to book your taxi through their App to receive 30% discount.


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

Where are the entrances?
Main pedestrian entrance – Horncastle Arena
Members and public car 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 McDonalds. 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 visit our media accreditation page for further details.

I’m interested in becoming a business partner and supporter of Addington Raceway?
Fantastic! contact Keryn McElroy (Business & Marketing Manager) on keryn.mcelroy@addington.co.nz or Courtney Stone on courtney.stone@addington.co.nz and they 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 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 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 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 any lifts
  • Everyone else should assemble in the car park behind the Metropolitan Stand or in on the racetrack, whichever is the closer location.


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

  • Live music on the Lindauer Lawn
  • Our epic FREE kids entertainment zone, home to many exciting activities for all ages including, for the first time a FREE petting zoo.


Can I go see the horses in the IRT 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 IRT 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!


From 1 August 2019 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.

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.

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