Summer is far from being over in the City of Sails. Heck, we’re just getting started! If your perfect summer day is all about cocktails and good times in the sun, then this epic party is for you.
The highly anticipated Auckland Cup Week is back and we’re gonna put it out there… it’s the best one yet! Think: a whooole lot of glamour, themed cocktails, a million-dollar race and after-parties pressing on into the evening. Party of the year, amiright?!
Auckland Cup Week is made up of two unmissable events, starting with Vodafone Derby Day on Saturday, March 3. Take note of the black and white style theme and dress to the nines to be in the running for Viva Prix de Fashion.
The prestigious national fashions in the field final is the perfect excuse to buy that dress you’ve been lusting over—go on, there’s a $15,000+ winner-takes-all prize package at stake and Hawaiian Airlines air miles to be won! Need your makeup touched up on the day? The Viva Beauty Bar will be on-site to ensure you look on point, all day.
Auckland Cup Week continues the following weekend (FYI it’s Saturday, March 10—pen it in your diary) with Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day. Known as one of New Zealand’s most prestigious days of racing (Melbourne who?), you’ll be cheering on the country’s best thoroughbred horses as they go head-to-head in our city’s namesake race.
The glam continues with party-goers encouraged to add a ‘touch of blue’ to their outfits (you might need both those dresses you want) with the best dressed in to win amazing prizes thanks to Hawaiian Airlines. What’s more, we hear whisperings of a brand-new ‘must-attend’ party precinct that’s soon to be announced...
It wouldn’t be a party without refreshing bevvies and mouth-watering food. Luckily, both racedays will showcase flutes of Champagne Mumm, bespoke cocktails and delicious street food. There will also be next-level hospitality on offer in the many marquees and dining precincts that will be popping up all over the course.
Mixologist Mikey Ball (ex-head bartender at London’s award-winning Dandelyan) has crafted themed cocktails for the brand new Cocktails &. pop-up. Open to all eventgoers (dress code applies), sip on a custom Beaton’s Cooler on Vodafone Derby Day (inspired by My Fair Lady) and Flagship Nelson (inspired by famous horse Nelson) on Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day.
Our advice? Go hard or go home. Auckland Cup Week is the last hurrah for the summer racing season. Live it up in the sell-out precincts on the racecourse and make sure you’re seen at the after-parties. Nab your tickets ASAP and we’ll see you there!
What: Auckland Cup Week
When: Vodafone Derby Day, Saturday, March 3 from 10.30am. Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day, Saturday, March 10 from 10.30am.
Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Remuera
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