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Where To Watch The Melbourne Cup In Auckland

By Marilynn McLachlan
29th Oct 2015

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The fabulous Melbourne Cup will be in full force this Tuesday but, sadly, many of us won’t be making the trip to Flemington. Never fear, there’s plenty of top-notch venues around Auckland that’ll be celebrating in style with big screens, bubbles, and fancy hats.

Here are our top picks of where to watch the Melbourne Cup in Auckland:

Ellerslie Racecourse


The Sofitel Luxury Hotels Melbourne Cup Day at Ellerslie is back again and offering an afternoon of fun, fashion, food and racing. With a live simulcast of coverage on the big screen, you can try your hand at betting but make sure you’re dressed in your best because there’s a $2,000 prize pack up for grabs for the best dressed male and female.

When: Tuesday 3rd November, from 10.30am



Soak in the views of Waitemata Harbour at recently renovated Bellini Bar for an afternoon of prizes, cocktails and lunch. Radio host Mel Homer is the MC for the day and there will be a best-dressed fashion comp for those who need an excuse to get a bit fancy.

When: Tuesday 3rd November, from 1pm – 5.30pm



Indulge yourself with beautiful views out to Rangitoto at Regatta Bar and Eatery—one of the best places to watch this year’s Melbourne Cup in Auckland. Enjoy a five-course set menu presented by executive chef Richard Highnam and complimentary flute of Mumm Champagne. There will also be plenty of entertainment including a performance by Peter Urlich Swingin’ Duet, a fashion show and an onsite TAB for those wanting to place a bid or two.

When: Tuesday 3rd November, from 12pm

Soul Bar & Bistro


Soul Bar’s festivities begin at midday and as well as the four-course meal and glass of GH Mumm Cordon Rouge on arrival (because what’s the Melbourne Cup without a bit of bubbly?), there are plenty of games to enjoy—including the great stiletto race. Make sure you’re dressed to the nines because there’s also a best-dressed competition.



Get glammed up with Pilkingtons in the heart of Auckland City. It promises to be an elegant day filled with champers, fashion, live music, DJs, and of course, there’s a TAB on site so you can lay your money down. If you’re looking for a snazzy Melbourne Cup event in Auckland, this is the gig for you, with a three-course menu created by head chef Alex Strobach, and Grey Goose offering French inspired cocktails. Wear your snazziest because there will be a best-dressed competition for guys and girls.

When: Tuesday 3rd November, from 12pm

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