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An extraordinary race day: Addington Raceway


It’s a highlight of Christchurch – and New Zealand’s – annual sporting and social calendar, and 2020’s IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Day is shaping up to be something very special. With many of the world’s events cancelled due to Covid-19, Addington Raceway is pulling out all the stops to ensure revellers have so much more than just a day at the races.

 

Spread across two distinct areas, the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village, 2020’s guests will not only enjoy the exhilaration of horse racing – but an exciting mix of new flourishes designed to surprise and delight even the most enthusiastic punters.

While Covid-19 restrictions means reduced capacity, it has also been extra motivation for organisers to ensure racegoers have an exceptional day out.

From bespoke cocktail bars, live music and DJs, to fabulous fashion, delicious cuisine offerings and even a rooftop party – this is no ordinary day at the races.

Packages begin with The Edge Public Village, where guests still have prime positions for watching the action, as well as cocktail bars, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition, the Speights Lawn and a courtyard of food truck dining options.

Those in the elevated Lindauer Lawn option can not only stylishly roam The Edge Public Village area, but also enjoy premier views of the raceway and winning post, plus touch up their hair and makeup throughout the day at the glamerous pamper bar.

Guests also have access to the Lindauer Rooftop where DJs the Sweet Mix Kids will keep the party going – and they will also be surprised with some special treats throughout the day.

One lucky group will have the opportunity to win the Ultimate VIP Lindauer Lawn Experience with their own private area and delicious treats. Keep an eye out on Addington’s social channels to be in to win.

Check out the full range of offerings online for the November 10 event, and don’t forget – numbers are limited.

Tickets on sale now at addington.co.nz.

THE EDGE PUBLIC VILLAGE
• Early bird $25 until October 13 • $35 from October 14 • Bespoke cocktail bars • The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition
• Food courtyard • Speights Lawn • The Edge Public Village DJ party area

LINDAUER LAWN & ROOFTOP
• $70 • Exclusive access to the Lindauer Lawn and rooftop party • Free drink on arrival • Prime view of the racing and winning post • Cocktail lounge • Pamper lounge • Live music by the Sweet Mix Kids at the rooftop party • Charging booth stations
• Upgrade for 10 people to the Ultimate VIP Lindauer Lawn • Access to The Edge Public Village


 

A Day at the Polo


 

Saturday 7 December heralds a glamourous day out, as dapper-suited gents and fancy-frocked ladies gather beneath a marquee at the Port Hills Polo Club for A Day at the Polo.

 

 

The annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) is now in its eleventh year. Last year’s event raised $110,000, so there’s high hopes for this year’s total.

In this beautiful setting, ticketed guests will sip complimentary bubbles and dine at tables of 10 on delicious fare from Twentyfour Catering, a long-time supporter of RMHSI.

The live auction commences at 12:15pm with fabulous prizes, such as a trip to Sydney, stunning artworks, and a pair of magnificent Frobisher chairs worth $3,500, to name but a few. Silent auctions and raffles are also on the agenda.

The polo matches are the highlight of the day with the traditional ‘stomping of the divots’ being a fun way to reconnect with friends and colleagues out on the field.

Events Advisor Jodie Gill says it’s the generosity of donors that makes A Day at the Polo the enormous success that it is. “There are so many businesses that really get on board with this by donating incredible prizes or by relinquishing a day’s income to come and work on our behalf. It’s very humbling.”

With every dollar raised going back to RMHSI, book your table now for the most awesome event of the year!

The polo will be held at the Port Hills Polo Club, Gilmours Road, Tai Tapu from 11am-5pm.

For tickets, visit www.rmhsi.org.nz/events and for more information, email events@rmhsi.org.nz.