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Addington Cup Week is on – join the party

Addington Cup Week is getting ready to be the most exhilarating event on the spring calendar.


“This year, we are more than ever looking forward to sharing Addington Cup Week with Canterbury,” Addington Raceway CEO Brian Thompson says.

“We are excited that on Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 of November, we will be able to offer Cantabrians the opportunity to dress up, enjoy live entertainment, celebrate life with friends and colleagues, and experience the very best of harness racing action.”

Planning is well underway with enquiries running hot to secure some amazing hospitality packages.

There’s no grander occasion to celebrate, network and thank staff, clients and friends, than at Australasia’s biggest harness racing event of the year.

For a crowd of 40 or more, private marquees reign supreme. These stylish individual marquees can be branded and are well-positioned, offering an indoor-outdoor flow to your own courtyard with a scrumptious ‘taste of spring’ luncheon and their own private bar.

The most popular Johnny Globe Marquee – located on the outer track – is a fast seller. Not surprising, with all-day Lanson champagne, fantastic food, an MC, band and prime viewing of the home straight.

The Boot Party gets glammed up with individual boots and personalised number plates, always the hot favourite. With MC and a band, this is the indoor/outdoor pad to party in, with great home-straight views.

To soak up the entertainment and access personal mini marquees, Emerson’s Village rocks a backyard brews and BBQ vibe.

Lanson Champagne will be flowing in the Blossom Lady Lounge on the newly renovated top level of the Metropolitan stand. Floor to ceiling windows look over the track and winning post – with a bird’s eye view of the fashion awards.

For single and casual crowds, the inclusive hospitality at Spectators is perfectly positioned on Metropolitan’s ground floor for intimate race action.

For friends and fashionistas who wish to mingle in a more social area to enjoy the races, dance, and clink glasses, the lively Lindauer Lawn and roof top party is back again.

And for revelers who like to be amongst it all, with a larger, party atmosphere, The Edge Public Village is where the action happens.

“This year we see our responsibility to create an amazing event even more important. We’re in need of a good time here in Christchurch and Cup Week at Addington has always provided the ability for Cantabrians to celebrate.”

Brochures are out, so it’s a race to book your hospitality packages which have traditionally sold out for Addington Cup Week.

General admission and the Lindauer Lawn and rooftop will be capped this year, and go on sale 1 September. Addington Cup Week 2020 will be a sure-bet sensation! Join the party!

Email Joanne McMaster to book your spot


Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day: Behind the scenes

On Tuesday 12 November, more than 20,000 people will descend on Addington Raceway which plays prestigious host to the 116th Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day. But for the team at Addington, the preparation begins in February and ramps up in May each year. Peter Walker caught up with some of the team and was blown away by the magnitude of the event.




Facilities Manager Tim Rattray has been involved with Addington Raceway since 1973. If you’re sitting on a chair at a table, dancing in front of a stage, or relaxing in a marquee, Tim makes it happen. Using ‘tried and tested’ processes and suppliers, Tim is in charge of making sure 700 extra tables and 4,000 chairs are delivered and set up. Around 400 toilets are sourced, delivered, and maintained according to the Cup Week pack-in schedule.

Tim and his team oversee the order and placement of things such as speakers, stages, fridges, fences, china, cutlery and linen, ovens, TV screens and a host of other things that go on behind the scenes to make the magic of the day happen. They also secure and manage 250-300 security staff.


The spectacular surroundings of the grounds are all overseen by Facilities & Property Manager John Denton and his team. They make sure that the roses bloom, the grass is perfectly mowed, and the racetrack is prepped to ensure records can be broken. This is all done in schedule with Tim’s team to ensure everything is timed accordingly, and ensures marquees, for example, are set up the day after the lawns have been mowed.

Overseeing the sale and delivery of hospitality packages, where attention to detail is key, is done by Joanne McMaster, Senior Event Consultant. Joanne and her team will host 4,000 plus guests, making sure they are fed and entertained in spectacular settings, most of which are temporary marquees. This year will see a complete refresh of the areas with bright colour and floral arrangements everywhere. Many companies take advantage of the hospitality packages to treat staff and clients. Hydroflow is Joanne’s biggest hospitality client and they have been guests at Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day celebrations for over 20 years!


Feeding 20,000 plus people in eight hours is a pretty big task, one which falls on the shoulders of Executive Chef Graeme Jones. With more than 80 staff, Graeme plans menus months in advance, secures the best products – often in the hundreds of kilos – all to be delivered with meticulous timing in the weeks, days and hours before hitting the tables. The variety is staggering – from food trucks in The Edge Public Village to fabulous cuisine in vast quantities being prepped in dozens of kitchens course-wide.

Add to all this The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition, bands and musicians, international and local media, photographers and VIPs, all of whom need to be organised and looked after, and it takes an army of people to pull off. On 12 November, spare a thought for the stars behind the scenes who make the magic happen.









Let’s Celebrate Addington Cup Week 2019

Spring is in the air, which apart from blossoms enveloping the city, means only one thing for Canterbury – the 116th Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day at Addington Raceway.



Harness racing, high fashion, food, friends and fun; Tuesday 12 November is the absolute highlight of Canterbury’s social calendar.

Celebrating 25 years in Christchurch, principal partner Christchurch Casino, in conjunction with Addington Raceway, offers an exceptional range of places and activities to toast their anniversary on Australasia’s biggest harness racing day.

Of course, a major focus of the day is fashion. Fashion and racing have had a long association, and this year’s extravaganza will be even bigger and better, with a new sponsor of the fashion competition, Christchurch’s newest retail heart, The Crossing!

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition is the opportunity to showcase your style, elegance and understanding of current fashion trends. Not to be confused with evening wear, race wear is uniquely sophisticated – the latest silhouettes and colour palettes with a modern edge are ideal. Hat, fascinator, or hairpiece is essential for ladies; hat and perfected accessories for men.

There are some amazing prizes up for grabs, including $1,000 gift vouchers from The Crossing, Country Road and Barkers, return economy flights for two to Tokyo and Brisbane (courtesy of Air New Zealand), accommodation at the Peninsula Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba, a gorgeous diamond pendant, earrings and ring from Pascoes The Jewellers, Presage and Quartz watches from Seiko, and Lanson Champagne. Check out all the details and enter at

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition is one of many activities happening in The Edge Public Village. It will be entertainment central, including The Edge Activation Garden. There are delicious treats, refreshing beverages, totes and phone charging stations to name a few. Reserved seating in the Public Stand guarantees you prime viewing – check all the details at

If the Lindauer Lawn is more your taste, get your tickets early as this area sells out. A complimentary Lindauer will be served to the first 1,000 stylish and racing-ready people and the first 100 will receive a ‘glam gift’. The options are endless; get close to the music, enjoy delectable treats, thirst-quenching refreshments, spectacular views and top-class racing, or visit the ‘pamper’ lounge for some chill-out time!

After last year’s successful operation, AWOP will be in use in the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village. ‘Another Way Of Paying’ is a cashless payment system, a wristband charged with however much you want to spend (no overspending!), and will be used to purchase everything you need on the day – food, drinks, bets, charity donations (Ronald McDonald House South Island and St. John) and more. TAB winnings will be paid in cash, however, any winnings over $1000 will require additional ID to be shown. Find all the details at

What would Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day be without the stars of the day: the horses! There will be 12 races from around noon – the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup, scheduled for 5:12pm, is the main feature, with only one question on everyone’s lips – will Thefixer do it again?

Come be part of the magic. Be seen. Enjoy a fantastic day at #NZCup19. Make sure you check for all the information you need.