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Cup Week Headwear

Turning heads: Cup Week Headwear

Spring is in the air and with it comes New Zealand Cup and Show Week (NZCSW), the South Island’s premier Spring Festival. And, fashion alert, if you’re looking to turn heads, then it’s high time to start thinking about your headwear.


Cup Week Headwear

Christchurch sister duo behind Show Pony Millinery, Liv and Carrie, fill us in on what we can expect to see at this year’s Cup and Show Week. From the Melbourne Cup to England’s Royal Ascot, Carrie notes top trends for this racing season are centred on a return to elegance and vintage styles, with a mix of soft pastels and bold, bright colours to celebrate summer. “We saw a big nod towards classic, 1940s glam at the recent royal wedding. However, looking towards the earlier spring racing events in Australia you’re seeing bright and bold colours – canary yellow, hot fuchsia and statement reds among others.


“There have been plenty of flower crowns at New Zealand Cup & Show Week over the past few years so we’re looking forward to seeing Cantabrians branch out a little more this time round and embrace millinery like the rest of the world – whether that’s a classic-style headpiece, an on-trend boater or a standout crown or halo.” Liv adds, “As an example, one year ago we were selling halo hats to our international clients and wearing them to the track ourselves – but it’s only now, after the Duchess of Cambridge wore one to Prince Louis’ christening, that it seems New Zealand is starting to realise how great a style they are.


“Embellishments and bejewelled pieces – from feathers, bows and veiling, to classic Baroque-style detailing – are all over the international runways, at prominent events such as the Met Gala and being translated exceptionally well in Australia’s emerging 2018 spring racing millinery trends.” However, the girls are also keen to point out that trends aren’t everything. “Just like there are horses for courses, that’s the same for people and headpieces,” Carrie says. “They’re statement accessories, so they need to work in with not only your outfit, but your personality too”. Liv adds “it can be good to check out current looks and be inspired by them, but always come back to selecting something that also reflects who you are.”



The Dakins Group

Luxury Restrooms: The Dakins Group

The Dakins Group is a family business proudly run by husband and wife team Diane Dakin and Jay Ritchie.


The Dakins Group


The company is passionate about the reputation it has achieved over some 60 years of providing portable toilet and bathroom facilities for all sorts of events. “The largest events we provide portable sanitation for are Warbirds over Wanaka Air show and of course, Christchurch’s famous Cup Week events – the races and the A&P Show,” Diane says.


The Dakins Group


The Dakins Group offers everything from single unit port-a-loos to luxury facilities and also have the South Island’s largest selection of 20-foot and 40-foot portable toilet and bathroom blocks.
When it comes to significant events involving high numbers of patrons, The Dakin Group definitely has the necessary planning, implementation and staffing experience to provide safe, secure and hygienic sanitation for all guests.


Dakins Group
03 384 9100



Opening doors: Ruralco

Ruralco has established itself as a card service that offers cardholders highly competitive discounts, an extensive network of quality suppliers and simple payment options with one monthly account.




It gives you the opportunity to organise all of your farming and family needs through one card and get exceptional savings for your business.

The Ruralco Card opens doors to a wide number of businesses in your local area that offer exclusive discounts and deals, with an extensive supplier network of more than 3,000 businesses locally and nationwide who accept the Ruralco Card. Ruralco also offers discounted fuel prices with 12 cents per litre off the listed pump price at more than 330 fuel stations nationwide, and can supply bulk fuel at up to 31 cents off the retail price including delivery on farm.



The Oaks of Darfield

Darfield’s hidden gem: The Oaks of Darfield

Located at 2171 Clintons Road, Darfield, The Oaks of Darfield, surrounded by a large stand of mature oak trees and a large garden with sunny courtyard, is sure to amaze.


The Oaks of Darfield


It offers an intimate fine dining experience second to none, able to cater for evening dining, casual lunches, private formal dinners, weddings and cocktail parties. Open for dinner during weekdays and weekends, the restaurant menu has been designed by the chef to reflect the seasonal produce.

The Oaks also contains three well-appointed guest rooms upstairs. All rooms have queen-size beds, private bathrooms, flat screen televisions and free wireless internet access. The Oaks of Darfield is open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive and Monday or Tuesday by prior arrangement. Due to popular demand, reservations are essential.


Phone 03 318 7686 or visit


Start in style

Start in style

Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day (November 13) is one of the most highly anticipated and prestigious events on the Christchurch social calendar so why not kick start (or finish off) this spectacular day of racing, fashion and fun at one of these fabulous establishments.

Start in style


1. Start your day in style at the Christchurch Casino in Victoria Street with a scrumptious buffet breakfast, glass of bubbly, beer or orange juice for only $50 per person. Tickets available online and include a return bus ticket to Addington. (R20 and dress code applies).

2. The perfect place to begin your race day celebrations is in the heart of Merivale with a champagne breakfast at No.4 Bar and Restaurant, along with Cup Week prizes and live music. Book your seat to Addington Raceway on November 13 on the legendary No.4 bus ($19) and enjoy a complimentary beverage on return.

3 . Trevinos Restaurant & Bar in Riccarton will be open from 9am offering an à la carte breakfast with complimentary glass of bubbles to get you in the mood.

4. Situated in Lincoln Road, The Pedal Pusher is a short stroll from the action at Addington Raceway, offering a champagne breakfast daily throughout Cup Week. A funky and vibrant gastropub, The Pedal Pusher now has live music on a Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.

5.Get together with a group of friends and head to JDV in Merivale before – and after. With late night dining until 11:30pm you will not have an excuse but to return to the party at JDV.

6. Renowned for its amazing breakfasts, Bloody Mary’s in Latimer Square will be serving up a delicious pre-race day buffet (with a few extra goodies) on Tuesday November 13. Guests will be treated with a glass of bubbly on arrival starting the day off in style.

7. If champagne is your thing then you can’t look past the upscale neighbourhood bar Vesuvio Wine & Tapas Bar. Throughout Cup Week, the European style bar is running a special Champagne by The Glass Menu, champagne specials and champagne cocktails.

8. Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar Owner Jason Whitelaw says “a party without champagne is just a meeting”. G.H. Mumm is just one of the champagnes available at Louis where you can start your day in style. Louis’ celebrated after parties have proven again a hit (with two selling out) but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action at other times during Cup Week.

9. From November 13 to 18 Aikmans in Merivale will be turning it up starting with a Moet & Chardon Champagne Breakfast and return bus to Addington ($35 per person). There will be special events taking place every day with live music, drink specials and prizes for best dressed.

10. For Cup Day, the Carlton has you covered with three options to begin your day right with a champagne breakfast and buffet breakfast for $25 or add in a bus ride to Addington for $35 (inclusive) on the Carlton bus.




LOUIS Champagne Bar

The place to be: LOUIS Champagne Bar

“We have a saying around here,” LOUIS Champagne Bar Owner Jason Whitelaw says.


LOUIS Champagne Bar


“A party without champagne is just a meeting.” With twenty-five premium champagnes, delectable oysters and a menu specially designed to keep the party atmosphere going, LOUIS is where the cream of the crop will be celebrating this Cup Week.
If you were unfortunate to miss out on tickets to LOUIS’ fabulous race day breakfast, there are still plenty of other opportunities for dining, drinking and partying, including the famous Mumm Champagne after-parties (Tuesday 13 and Saturday 16 evenings) where there will be DJs and Magnum upgrades.

If bubbles don’t appeal, LOUIS have a good selection of wines, cocktails, beers and more.
Enjoy the Euro-chic ambience and sophisticated atmosphere that is Louis; 123 Victoria Street – the only place you need to be seen this Cup Week!



Geraldine Summer Fete

It must be fete! Geraldine Summer Fete

Begin Cup Week celebrations early, with a relaxing country day out at the Geraldine Summer Fete – the annual event that attracts a large crowd from all over New Zealand.


Geraldine Summer Fete


Geraldine is a 90-minute scenic trip from Christchurch. On Thursday 1 November from 9:30am to 4pm, nearly 200 stalls will showcase amazing products and gift ideas – from gorgeous jewellery to handmade furniture, and delicious food stalls. Dress up in summer fashion and make a day of it with friends, or for this year’s Christmas function. Live music will serenade among four acres of glorious park-like surroundings, at Stover farm on Geraldine’s Main North Road.

At the fete, find the perfect Cup Day accessories from Geraldine’s own Talbot Silver. Beautiful, unique pieces in the timeless quality of sterling silver will finish a Cup Day outfit with finesse – or perhaps find that perfect Christmas gift.
Tickets are $15 per person (under 15 free), which can be purchased on the day or through Eventfinda.




Still partying: JDV

For the best Cup Week party atmosphere dished up with great food, beverages and a friendly professional service head to JDV in Merivale.




Cup Week kicks off `under starters orders’ on Monday November 12 with rosé tasting, Veuve Clicquot and food matching. A special Veuve Clicquot breakfast welcomes in NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday November 13 before the `A Day Not at the Races’ celebrations begin.  Avoid the crowds and spend the day with JDV instead.

View all the action from Addington on JDV’s big screen and celebrate until late. Throughout Cup Week, dinner will be served up until 11.30pm every evening so there’s no excuse not to celebrate well after the sun’s gone down. With music throughout the week, patrons are also invited to head upstairs to boogie the night away at the Verandah Bar where the Moët & Chandon champagne cocktails will be flowing. It’s all about having fun and great service and that’s what JDV have been giving people for the past 18 years.

JDV’s `intimate food’ experience in a relaxing environment allows you to enjoy truly a memorable occasion. The week-long party at JDV encompasses a Ladies Day on November 14, Sail Away with Cloudy Bay and the Royal JDV Yacht Squadron on November 15, Canterbury Anniversary Day celebrations on November 16, Gallops Day on November 17 and a Recuperation Day on Sunday November 17.

With delicious locally sourced produce and a tempting menu, JDV is setting a high standard and leading the way with its 11:30pm late night dining.




Flavourful Fare: Corianders

Tired of the stress of the all-important Christmas function? Make the easy choice this year by choosing the special Christmas menu at Corianders Ethnic Indian restaurants.




Book now at the new Bollywood banquet room at St Asaph Street and have the option of your very own Indian chef preparing the sumptuous fare with flavours that are enjoyed best when cooked fresh for you and your guests. With the best quality food, start your function with beverages on the balcony then move inside for some incredible dishes from your own tandoor, cooking starters just for you.

The Christmas fare is very special, with prices starting from $55 per person. You can start with the Dahi Poori. A form of chaat, its crispy puffy shells are served full of yoghurt, tamarin and a mixture of tasty Indian flavours. Crispy chicken is covered in a spicy coating with a wonderful dipping sauce. And try the classic Onion Bhaji or spicy lamb chops. The expansive menu at Corianders is as delicious as always and your choice of main is served with rice and a naan bread.


The all-important desserts feature a chocolate naan or vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate to cool down the palate after a flavour-filled main.
All this to be enjoyed with your choice of either a glass of bubbles, a kingfisher beer or a juice.

The Christmas menu is available in all four Corianders Ethnic Indian restaurants, Hanmer, St Asaph Street, Bush Inn and Rolleston, but bookings are mandatory. Book online or phone the restaurant.




Getting a fabulous fit: Blackwell’s

The perfect foundation will set off every Cup Day and special occasion outfit.


It’s what’s underneath that really enhances the whole outfit.


When investing in fabulously fitting lingerie, the result will be a flawless shape. Blackwell’s lingerie expert Lynn Fairbairn says “It’s what’s underneath that really enhances the whole outfit.”
Lynn works closely with each and every customer to guarantee the best fit, offering excellent bra brands that range from A to K cup.

“We can fit your shape with the appropriate lingerie to complement your outfit. It literally gives you an uplifting experience – the right contours are sure to set your garment off.” Blackwell’s lingerie department has an outstanding variety of brands including selected styles from Europe’s favourite Fantasie and Elomi collections, designed specifically for fuller busts. Also available in store is new season’s women’s fashion clothing, footwear and accessories.



Please call to book your bra fitting with the instore lingerie specialist. Appointments available Tuesday – Friday.

Blackwell’s Department Store, Kaiapoi
Ph 03 327 8029